Democrats in the past also have pointed to Kavanaugh's work for Bush during the recount fight in the pivotal state of Florida in the 2000 presidential election, a controversy that was resolved only after the conservative-majority Supreme Court sided with Bush over Democratic candidate Al Gore, settling the election outcome.
President Donald Trump on Monday nominated conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, a decision set to tilt the top judicial body further to the right with momentous implications for American society.
Barrett, 46, has the least judicial experience of the four, with only eight months as a judge after spending most of her career as a conservative legal scholar. I am thinking of that person, but I will announce it on prime time TV at the White House.
Trump - over rounds of golf with friends, meals with family, and a flurry of phone calls and meetings with aides - remained coy about his final decision, which will be announced Monday evening, but did offer clues about how he sees the four federal judges atop his shortlist: Brett Kavanaugh, Thomas Hardiman, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett.
Kavanaugh not only had ties to the Bush administration but he also served under special prosecutor Kenneth Starr during the investigation into former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.
Like the other eight justices on the court, Kavanaugh has an Ivy League law degree, spending his undergraduate and law school years at Yale. She also joined just five other Republicans in voting against putting Holmes on a USA district court in Arkansas in 2004.
Some conservatives lobbied against him, worrying that his upbringing in the suburbs of D.C. could mean he'll be the kind of justice who has disappointed conservatives before. The Casey court did impose some restrictions on abortion rights and Democrats worry that overruling Roe will hurt women.
Kavanaugh, 53, is said to be supported by White House Counsel Don McGahn, who's supervising the search.
Waltham native Thomas Hardiman still among Trump's Supreme Court finalists
Pence met with Kethledge and Coney Barrett while in IN earlier this week, then sat down with Kavanaugh in Washington on Wednesday. The list was by and large the intellectual brainchild of the Federalist Society, the association of conservative lawyers.
"A judge must interpret statutes as written".
Trump published a similar list during the 2016 campaign, and it was widely credited with helping him win the votes of social conservatives who otherwise might have been skeptical of a thrice-married billionaire from NY.
Still, McConnell's victory may not be Trump's.
While Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing will take place in the fall, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell already warned Trump that his nominee might have a hard confirmation battle over the other shortlisted candidates. "Every one. You can't go wrong".
Kavanaugh will begin making the rounds on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, accompanied by former Sen. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. It's been decided by the Supreme Court.
U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney, is a member of the Democratic Party that is expected to provide the resistance to Trump's pick in the Senate's confirmation process. This nomination is one of the most important items that we will consider this year.
The Supreme Court is often called upon to resolve highly contentious political and constitutional questions. The justice then takes oath and assumes his seat on the SC. Both are conservative jurists in the mold of Trump's previous Supreme Court pick, Gorsuch. Trump is poised to make his announcement at 9 p.m. ET. Heidi Heitkamp - voted "yes" on the confirmation of his first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. And all three are running for re-election in November in states Trump won.