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GOP ex-Sen. Jon Kyl will be the 'sherpa' for SCOTUS nominee

GOP ex-Sen. Jon Kyl will be the 'sherpa' for SCOTUS nominee

The drama-focused president is going to announce his choice for the Kennedy seat in a Monday night address to the country at 9 p.m.

In the coming year the court might have to consider Trump's powers and rights in the investigation into links between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, and whether he sought to obstruct that investigation. Republicans have a razor-thin Senate majority. The ads, costing a total of $1.4 million to run, will feature biographical information about the nominee and will be aimed at red state Democrats, including newly elected Sen.

Democrats are still stinging from Republicans refusing to even grant a hearing to President Barack Obama's choice to serve on the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland.

ROY BLUNT: They're good judges.

If the nomination is delayed and Democrats capture an extra seat in the Senate in November elections, Trump could be forced to compromise with liberals in order to fill Kennedy's seat.

MARTIN: NPR's Sarah McCammon joins us now in studio to talk about the president's choice. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006.

On one front he has been clear, however - while he admires Kavanaugh's credentials, he is also concerned by his work in the Bush administration.

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Trump tweeted later Sunday that he was looking forward to the announcement and said an "exceptional person will be chosen!" "What we need to know is that anyone coming onto the Supreme Court is going to uphold the law of the land and particularly a woman's right to decide what happens to her own body".

MARTIN: Amy Barrett is also someone who might have a tough time. Barrett has only served as a federal judge since last fall, raising concerns about her experience, but has been a Notre Dame Law School professor for many years. "Barrett said she tends to agree "with those who say that a justice's duty is to the Constitution", rather than a precedent she thinks is clearly in conflict with it". And Feinstein's question was criticized as anti-Catholic.

Kennedy was the swing vote on many landmark decisions, including those involving abortion and same-sex marriage. Another potential mark against her is she's pretty new to the federal bench. The White House has been preparing information materials on all four, who were part of a longer list of 25 names vetted by conservative groups. He is hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch past year. Relishing the drama like the ex-game show host he is, Trump plans to reveal the pick in prime time from the White House's East Room. He's been vetted before. The New York Times is also reporting that Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for either Hardiman or Raymond Kethledge, another option.

MARTIN: Is there any way to discern how much President Trump is weighing the idea of confirmability in his process?

MCCAMMON: Well it's something he needs to think about, for sure. So it's in the president's interest to pick someone who can be confirmed quickly.

Three children were found to have crossed the border with parents who have criminal backgrounds that make them unfit to care for their children, while another three children crossed with adults who were found not to be their parents, Fabian said. Whoever is picked will face opposition from Democrats. The White House had asked for McConnell's advice on the matter, the official said.