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Former U.S. President Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon speaks during a press conference

He urged Democrats to support Kavanaugh so that he "could be confirmed with the ninetysomething Senate votes he deserves, rather than the fiftysomething votes he is likely to get".

Murkowski and Collins have been the focus of a concentrated campaign against Kavanaugh by liberal groups and affiliated Democrats.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions.

The latest political battlegound in the US Senate is soon set to become Donald Trump's choice for Supreme Court judge. Kavanaugh would be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was.

When ruling on Seven-Sky v. Holder, Kavanaugh dissented from the majority opinion that the law's individual mandate - which compelled every American to have health insurance or face a fine - was constitutional.

Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment. So far, Trump has installed more than 20 appeals court judges and more than 16 trial court judges on the federal bench.

In addition to working in the White House Counsel's office under Bush, Kavanaugh also worked for independent counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation into the death of Clinton aide Vince Foster and the Monica Lewinsky probe that led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment.

President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court has legal scholars and politicians carefully parsing the judge's previous decisions for clues about the future of U.S. policy. "Locked in from the start", is how CNN puts it, adding that Trump liked the 53-year-old for the top court even before Anthony Kennedy announced he was leaving.

While conservatives debated the semantics of Kavanaugh's decision, Democrats and liberal activists were overwhelmingly alarmed by the nomination.

By keeping Scalia's seat open, McConnell gave Trump a head start in putting his own stamp on the high court, and the president acknowledged as much when Gorsuch was sworn in previous year.

"I think that the court is going to incrementally move to the right - I don't think it's going to be huge and dramatic", he said.

Trump is announcing his selection Monday night. Since 2006, he has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The court ruled in favor of the CFPB last December, but Kavanaugh disagreed. "They were going to war over it, and it all just continues to destroy their credibility", Gohmert told Fox News.

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This issue may not get as much buzz as abortion or health care, but it's probably the one that's directly relevant to Trump.

All three states lean heavily Republican.

And so did the Senate's other two most endangered Democrats, Sens.

Jones was among the Democratic lawmakers invited to the announcement at the White House but did not attend. Other Republicans said they hoped to confirm Kavanaugh before the court reconvenes in October.

Schumer says the administration's action highlights the stakes for senators. They noted that Trump previously vowed to pick justices who would overturn Roe and strike down the Affordable Care Act, Obama's signature legislative achievement, commonly known as "Obamacare".

"To be a good umpire and a good judge, don't be a jerk", Kavanaugh said in a speech three years ago.

Kavanaugh will begin making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accompanied by former Sen.

The anxiety over defections speaks to the narrowness of the Republican's majority in the Senate. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. Trump's fellow Republicans hold a 51-49 Senate majority, leaving them little margin for error. Kelly Ayotte served as the "sherpa" for Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017. He cites involvement of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in drafting the list.

The Democratic senator is up for re-election this year in a state Trump won in 2016. The race is not expected to be competitive. Recently, he said he wouldn't ask any potential nominees about Roe during interviews.

Casey says he is "pro-life", but regularly sides with supporters of abortion rights in Senate votes. McConnell had said the victor of the presidential election should make the choice. If you're going to do something risky in this emergency situation, it should be something that might actually make a difference.

Trump spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon as he concluded a weekend in New Jersey spent deliberating his decision at his private golf club.

As an appellate judge, Kavanaugh has heard numerous cases on complex energy and environmental regulations.

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