What McConnell reportedly said about Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees

Four federal appeals court judges are President Trump's top contenders for nomination to the Supreme Court.               CBS NEws

Four federal appeals court judges are President Trump's top contenders for nomination to the Supreme Court. CBS NEws

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement announcement late last month enraged many liberals and caused them to erupt into mass hysterics because his departure allows Trump to nominate a second justice just a year and a half into his presidency. He is now a lobbyist in the Washington headquarters of Covington & Burling.

"I hope I'm wrong but I suspect this is going to be a rough tough down in the dirt ear pulling nose biting fight", Kennedy said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Conservatives have taken issue with a potential Kavanaugh nomination, with some critics on the right citing his closeness to the Bush 43 administration while others believe he doesn't have a strong enough stance against abortion. The liberals' effort probably will focus on moderate GOP senators, such as Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who might be wary of adding a hard-line conservative and risking decades-old precedents such as Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973.

But that element of his record is among the reasons that some Republicans in Congress are concerned about a confirmation hearing in the Senate.

"Certainly, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Barrett have a lot of name recognition among supporters of the president, and I think that ultimately, when people like them are nominated, you'll see a lot of folks line up", he said.

Trump has enjoyed teasing details of his process in recent days, saying Thursday that he was down to four people and "of the four people, I have it down to three or two".

Trump is said to have apparently lost interest in Kethledge.

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"While I appreciate the invitation from the White House to attend this evening's announcement, I declined so that I can meet first with the nominee in a setting where we can discuss his or her experience and perspectives", Donnelly said. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.

Two other vulnerable Democratic senators up for re-election this fall ― Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Jon Tester of Montana ― did not support Gorsuch's nomination.

Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who opposes abortion, announced on Monday he can not support a process that involved Trump's picking from a list of 25 candidates selected by conservatives and big business.

"Any judge on this list is fruit of a corrupt process straight from the DC swamp".

"Whoever the president selects tonight, if that is from the pre-approved list, everyone ought to understand what it means for the freedom of women to make their own health care decisions and for the protection of Americans with pre existing conditions, those rights will be gravely threatened", said Schumer. He went to the University of Notre Dame as the first person in his family to go to college.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and a former clerk for Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice.

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings past year.

By Monday Barrett, at 46 the youngest and the only woman of the four, was being widely discounted due to her relative inexperience and her strong views as a social and religious conservative.

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