The president briefed Senate Republicans at the White House Monday evening shortly before making the public announcement. Conservative figures have expressed a variety of opinions about which potential Justice would have the best impact on the next generation for the Court.
But with mere hours left to go before his self-imposed deadline, Trump, who has been consulting with family, friends and advisers this weekend while in Bedminster, New Jersey, has reportedly yet to make a final decision.
Young said in June that he wanted Trump to nominate "a faithful constitutionalist" to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and 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.
Speaking at the White House, Kavanaugh pledged to preserve the Constitution and said that "a judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law". Is there one of those four you could support, or do you think Democrats should unite and oppose whomever the president taps? "For these and other reasons, we are calling on citizens to urge their senators to firmly oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as a Justice on the United States Supreme Court".
"Bob Casey is so blinded by partisanship that he is opposing a nominee for the Supreme Court before the pick is announced".
Then McConnell and other Republicans reminded Trump of another political goal: the confirmation path of least resistance.
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They took Merrick Garland, a man that everybody from Orrin Hatch on through said would be a great member of the Supreme Court until Mitch McConnell said, no, you can't like him; we're going to disobey the Constitution; we're going to ignore our oath of office, and we're not even going to allow an advice and consent vote on it.
Kethledge, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, is a former Kennedy clerk and a former in-house lawyer at Ford Motor Co. All three are Republican targets for the confirmation vote: They all supported Gorsuch and come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall. He was a runner-up past year when Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
With Kavanaugh, Trump is replacing a swing vote on the nine-member court with a staunch conservative.
Indeed, the pressure will be on Donnelly and other red state Democrats to perhaps buck their party's wishes and confirm Trump's nominee. "We don't know who the nominee is going to be yet", Sen. He said Sunday on CNN that he is "concerned about this nomination" but cautioned that it was too early to say how he planned to vote.
Kyl, a Republican from Arizona, served in the upper chamber from 1995 through 2013, assuming the role of minority whip from 2007 through his retirement.
Democrats are warning that Trump's nominee would jeopardize some of progressives' most important policy priorities in recent decades - including rulings that legalized abortion and same-sex marriage, as well as former President Barack Obama's health care law.