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 previous year.
The finalists are believed to be four federal judges: Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. Democrats are already mobilizing against the possible contenders, arguing that his choice could help undermine abortion rights, healthcare protections, marriage equality, affirmative action and a host of other issues in ways that could fundamentally reshape American life. I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here. Whatever they decide will upset a large group of voters in their home states. They've been vetted by conservative groups.
"The far right has total control of the Congress, they have total control of the administration, now they want total control of the judiciary, and I'm just not going to allow that to happen and I'm going to keep fighting against it", he said.
In a 2013 law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that after seeing firsthand the many hard duties that a president encounters, he thinks that presidents should operate free from the threat of civil suits, such as the sexual harassment suit that led to President Clinton's impeachment, and that presidents should also be free from criminal investigations.
"Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law", Trump said. "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". "You can't go wrong".
Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them".
LEAHY: I would hope that Democrats listen to the hearings and have an open mind to them. "I am deeply honored to be nominated to fill his seat on the Supreme Court", Kavanaugh said in his first public statement as a nominee.
MARTIN: Does - that means that you would not support an all-out Democratic ban of the nominee.
J.J. McCullough of National Review argues that a "more rightward Supreme Court will yield many good things, yet political enthusiasm for outcomes should not supersede all other concerns". Joe Donnelly, West Virginia Sen.
Levy apparently glanced over the key difference between the Republicans' stalling of Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland and the newly-announced Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh: Obama's nomination came in a presidential election year, while Kavanaugh's nomination is during a midterm election year. Is there a chance they might break ranks and vote for the nominee? That's what I've done for 40 years in the Senate.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, voiced her opposition on Twitter. That's what every senator has to do.