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Trump picks Kavanaugh, a GOP favorite, for Supreme Court

Trump picks Kavanaugh, a GOP favorite, for Supreme Court

Over on MSNBC, Maddow's coverage looked markedly different, with discussions of the successful Republican effort to block a vote on President Barack Obama 's last Supreme Court nominee, and the ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign's contact with Russian Federation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also received a heads-up from the president.

President Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington on July 9, 2018. "I am hopeful that Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation process will be fair and timely". Fox News was a close second to CBS previous year when Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch in a similar prime-time show, but that was on a winter night when many CBS viewers were probably anticipating a new episode of "NCIS".

As expected, conservatives quickly offered praise for Kavanaugh's nomination.

Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion.

Trump worked hard to keep news of Kavanaugh's nomination from leaking, though several news organizations confirmed it in the minutes leading up to the announcement.

Kethledge, a former Kennedy law clerk, has sat on the 6th Circuit since 2008 after being nominated by George W. Bush. The official said Trump decided on Kavanaugh because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read.

President Donald Trump has chosen a solidly conservative, pro-life judge for the Supreme Court as he shifts the highest court ever further to the right.

The press had spent the day chasing rumors of Trump talking to friends and aides about narrowing his picks.

Host Chuck Todd then brought up the dilemma faced by red-state Democrats. They voted with Republicans last time around to confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017.

" But Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican, called Kavanaugh "a fine choice" to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and in a Tweet expressed hope that he would be confirmed by the Senate "without delay".

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With a slim one vote majority in the Senate, any GOP defections could prove problematic in winning confirmation for Trump's eventual choice, that is if Democrats hold together in opposition.

"I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump said.

The White House reportedly sent an email to industry stakeholders Monday night, highlighting Kavanaugh's pro-business and anti-regulation record in an attempt to get their help to push through his nomination.

"As I have said, part of my job as Senator includes thoroughly considering judicial nominations, including to the Supreme Court".

Trump's post came on the eve of his second lifetime appointment to the nine-member Supreme Court, one of the more powerful perks of office. "I strongly urge my Senate counterparts not to approve any nominee who was chosen by President Trump until the investigation into his campaign's collusion with Russian Federation has concluded".

Meanwhile, liberal groups are already calling on two moderate Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - to reject the nominee. "They're already starting the smearing, the besmirching, the fear mongering and the character assassination of Judge Kavanaugh". They didn't have to go out and fight for votes for their causes. They all supported Gorsuch.

"Judge Kavanaugh has impressive credentials and extensive experience, having served more than a decade on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals", Collins said in a statement. Although Trump said he would not ask judicial candidates about their views on Roe directly, advocates on both sides of the abortion debate believe that ruling could be vulnerable once Kennedy's successor is seated.

As for Murkowski, she says she's looking forward to sitting down for a personal meeting with Kavanaugh.

Congress should legislate. The judiciary should judge. The American Bar Association's Standing Committee on the Judiciary will also review Judge Kavanaugh's qualifications prior to these hearings and issue a rating. "But I think you're going to see some incoming fire. from the right on him".