Trump's Supreme Court Pick

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Tennessee's senators were complimentary of President Trump's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday night, but they withheld explicit support.

Those who discussed the president's decision, and spoke on the condition of anonymity, did not disclose the name of the president's selection.

Judge Kavanaugh has served as a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006, authoring more than 300 opinions, including 11 that have been affirmed by the Supreme Court. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would be a reliable fifth conservative vote on the court, potentially deciding the future of Roe v. Wade and dozens of other very big legal cases.

Trump had said he hoped to make his decision by the time he returned Sunday from a weekend in New Jersey, but he told reporters en route to the White House that he needed more time.

Hardiman was reportedly on the shortlist of candidates to replace the vacancy left by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society are also readying resources to ensure a nominee is confirmed.

Primus said it's unlikely the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage would be overturned, but speculated that Roe v. Wade is "somewhere between in danger and definitely gone". 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. The messaging initially centered on the future of abortion rights in the US under a court with Kavanaugh on it. "He's someone that has the character, the background, the career and the record that gave President Trump the confidence to know that when he appointed Judge Kavanaugh. he would be another Constitutional conservative".

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Casey faces Republican Lou Barletta, who was endorsed by President Trump about three months before the state's primary election this past May. He is hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago.

Since Kennedy declared his retirement almost two weeks ago, conservative groups have been gearing up for a battle of a lifetime as Democrats vow to do everything possible to block President Trump's choice. That doesn't mean I'm going to vote 'yes.' It doesn't mean I'm going to vote 'no.' I think it's premature to say automatically - I'm not going to say automatically that I'm going to vote against any nominee that Donald Trump put out there.

Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring in 2013. He even identified his sister- a liberal Bill Clinton appointee to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals - as his model of an ideal federal judge.

Kavanaugh, for his part, said, "I revere the [U.S.] Constitution".

Kethledge, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, is a former Kennedy clerk and a former in-house lawyer at Ford Motor Co.

"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. "I've never seen a president act as though the Supreme Court has to be a wing of the White House instead of an independent branch of government", Leahy said in an interview Tuesday.

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