He tweeted later Sunday that he was looking forward to the announcement and said an 'exceptional person will be chosen!' For 10 months they refused to even hold a hearing on the vacant seat that had previously been held by Justice Scalia, after President Obama nominated an eminently confirmable moderate judge.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the Senate will be able to confirm Barrett, Hardiman, Kavanaugh, or Kethledge, but said picking a candidate who can be confirmed quickly is important. Trump had a strong favorable reaction to Kethledge, while Barrett was seen as a less likely choice. While the opinion of a radical columnist and a far-right website might not have mattered in other presidencies, Trump is often influenced in unconventional ways. But they, too, are facing pressure to back Trump's second high court pick.
Trump's aides have prepared briefing books and booked television spots for whomever he picks, anticipating that they'll have little time to spare between his decision and the reveal, sources tell ABC News.
Besides records from his 12 years as an appellate judge, Kavanaugh was a top adviser to President George W. Bush and worked for Kenneth Starr on the years-long Whitewater investigation into Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Liberal groups have geared up to protect Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that upheld women's rights to an abortion, from being overturned. He could do it just a few days after making light of the #MeToo movement while attacking Sen.
Kavanaugh, 53, has served on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006. Given Trump's known habit of leaning on family ties and valuing loyalty above all, that could be decisive.
Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democratic Senator for NY, tweeted: "You can bet that anyone on @realDonaldTrump's list of potential SCOTUS nominees would overturn Roe v Wade".
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He also said that he hopes that the Egyptian authorities would look beyond his daughter's mistake given her young age and naivety. Egypt's government has come under criticisms for being intolerant towards dissenting views.
"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", Graham said.
"The president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here", Blunt said.
And it's significant because his choice is expected to swing the court towards the right.
Current justices range in age from Elena Kagan, 58, to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85. Gorsuch, Trump's first pick, is 50.
Trump planned to announce his pick Monday night.
Trump past year appointed Neil Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
Trump has moved quickly to prevent Democrats attempting a similar maneuver before November's midterm elections. Don't worry, the Bush Administration said, we'll make sure there continues to be an African American voice on the Court.
"Former Sen. Jon Kyl has agreed to serve as the Sherpa for the President's nominee to the Supreme Court", White House spokesman Raj Shah said Monday afternoon.