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11 July 2018, 04:31 | Glen Norman
Trump's SCOTUS nomination on Monday follows his successful pick of Justice Neil Gorsuch last year. Ricky Carioti—The Washington Post Getty Images
Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring, giving US President Donald Trump to nominate a replacement that takes the top court further right. It's the same court that produced three current high court justices.
He previously worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told Trump he believes Kethledge and Hardiman might be easier for the Senate to confirm than either Kavanaugh or Barrett, The New York times reported, citing Republican officials briefed on the conversations. White House aides said they have prepared "rollout packages" for the four finalists.
As a result, Democrats - unable to block the nominee unless they lure some Republican senators to their side - have stressed the high stakes of the president's decision as they prepare for the confirmation battle ahead.
Democrats want the Republicans to not vote until after the November election because they want to see if they can gain the majority. John McCain of Arizona, is ill and may not be able to participate in the confirmation process.
Although Trump said during the campaign he would appoint anti-abortion judges who would overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, he said he would not ask candidates about whether they think the ruling should be reversed.
"I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump said.
"I'll be deciding tonight or tomorrow sometime by 12 o'clock", he said.
In this June 1, 2006 file photo, from left to right, President Bush, watches the swearing-in of Brett Kavanaugh as Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by U.S.
Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and a 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.
On average, for Supreme Court nominees who have received hearings, the hearing occurred 39 days after the nomination was formally submitted, according to the Congressional Research Service. "He has a track record that demonstrates his talents and his judicial philosophy".
All four federal judges have the endorsement of major Republican legal groups, most importantly the powerful Federalist Society. Before joining the federal court, Hardiman practiced law in Pittsburgh.
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President Trump is set to announce his second Supreme Court nominee. The ads, costing a total of $1.4 million to run, will feature biographical information about the nominee and will be aimed at red state Democrats, including newly elected Sen. I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court. Kennedy, a 1988 appointee of President Ronald Reagan, was the most unpredictable.
On the past quarter century's most consequential and controversial issues, from racial preferences to religious freedom to reproductive rights, Kennedy often bridged the gap between the court's liberals and conservatives.
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