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10 July 2018, 05:28 | Glen Norman
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Trump has called the Supreme Court pick "the most important decision a US president can make", and advocates say that nominating a conservative justice to replace Kennedy could overturn long-standing decisions such as Roe v. Wade.
Amid July 8 television talk-show buzz about President Donald Trump's upcoming Supreme Court nominee announcement, Republicans expressed optimism that the Senate will confirm any of the likely candidates the president puts forth.
Tanden was speaking at a conference hosted by UnidosUS, the largest Hispanic advocacy group in the country, and hours before President Trump was slated to announce his pick at 9 p.m.to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace long-serving conservative Justice Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27 at age 81.
Kavanaugh is Trump's second high court pick after Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Kavanaugh, 53, is a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Yale Law School graduate who previously served in both Bush administrations.
Hardiman, who lives in Pennsylvania, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, where he served at one time with Trump's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry.
Justice Kennedy sometimes sided with the court's liberal justices on divisive social issues. He now works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.
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Kavanaugh is a former clerk to Anthony Kennedy, and was the principle author of the Ken Starr report on Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Trump's selection will set up a confirmation showdown in the U.S. Senate, where his fellow Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.
Trump said Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials and unsurpassed qualifications".
The White House said Monday that former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl would guide Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process.
But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions.
The nominee must be confirmed by the US Senate, which the Republican president's party narrowly controls 51-49.
Kavanaugh is expected to meet in coming days with senators at their offices, going door-to-door in get-to-know-you sessions ahead of confirmation hearings.
Kavanaugh, who Illinois Democratic Sen.
Meanwhile, liberal groups are already calling on two moderate Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - to reject the nominee.
The Senate's top Democrat Chuck Schumer said he would fight the nomination "with everything I have".
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"Bob Casey's opposition to President Trump's nominee before he or she has even been named shows he has given up any pretense of being a moderate voice", said NRSC Spokesman Bob Salera in an emailed release. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader, has tried to warn the president through gentle nudging that Hardiman and Kethledge would be the safest choices for confirmation. He called it the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp".
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Gorsuch, who worked at the Justice Department in 2005 and 2006, had a smaller set of executive branch documents for review. It has already reserved another four weeks of airtime nationally and in the four states, the group said.
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