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

President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington to announce Judge Neil Gorsuch standing with his wife Louise as his nominee for the Supreme Court. A family separation crisis

Trump plays up suspense over momentous Supreme Court nomination

After less than two weeks of deliberations, Trump is set to announce Monday at 9 p.m. ET his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a choice that could well affect the court, and Americans' constitutional rights, for a generation.

The issue even prompted moderate Republican Sen.

"I will oppose the nomination the President will make tonight because it represents a corrupt bargain with the far Right, big corporations, and Washington special interests", said Casey in a statement.

The White House has assembled a team to handle communications, strategy and messaging coordination to defend and push the nomination through on Capitol Hill.

WASHINGTON ― The fate of President Donald Trump's upcoming Supreme Court nominee once again rests with vulnerable Senate Democrats up for re-election this fall.

Trump's success in confirming conservative judges, as well as a Supreme Court justice, has cheered Republicans amid concerns about his limited policy achievements and chaotic management style.

The real players are folks like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose late-hour political jockeying upended the notion that the high court spot was D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh's to lose. Barrett was appointed by Trump to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals previous year. It's about what [direction] the United States of America is going to chart as its course in the future on this Supreme Court.

"She's really outstanding", Hatch said.

The pollster said the result is comparable to attitudes in February 2016 following the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Trump had little to say about his choice before the announcement. The issue was her involvement with a mostly Catholic, conservative religious group called People of Praise.

Hardiman has a personal connection to the president, having served with Trump's sister on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. He also worked for independent counsel Kenneth Starr during the Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton. Both support a woman's right to have an abortion and will be looking for assurances that the nominee would not overturn the Roe v Wade decision establishing abortion rights.

On one front he has been clear, however - while he admires Kavanaugh's credentials, he is also concerned by his work in the Bush administration.

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 Clinton's impeachment, and that presidents should also be free from criminal investigation. None is older than 53, meaning they could sit on the court for decades, allowing Trump to make a lasting imprint on the nation's laws.

Trump is supposedly favoring Kavanaugh because of those views, per CNN.

Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate, though Arizona Sen.

MARTIN: Who on the president's list is considered to face the toughest confirmation battle? "And I believe this person will do a great job", Trump told reporters on Sunday afternoon after spending the weekend at his private golf club in New Jersey. "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".

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