President Donald Trump was poised Monday to nominate a new conservative judge to the Supreme Court, a decision with momentous implications for America on everything from abortion to guns to immigration.
And I've been here with Supreme Court justices from the time of President Ford straight on to President Trump.
With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Trump's choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November's midterm elections.
"Casey's willingness to oppose any nominee off of a list that includes judges he has previously voted for shows he will oppose President Trump at all costs, even when doing so makes him look like a partisan hack". But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions.
The president and White House officials involved in the process have fielded calls and messages and have been on the receiving end of public pleas and op-eds for or against specific candidates since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer. Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states.
The process is arduous, with the private meetings giving way to days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats.
Meanwhile, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network said it will launch a $1.4 million ad buy in four states - Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia - introducing the nominee in a favorable light.
While the President's choice of Gorsuch to replace Scalia ensured the iconic conservative justice was replaced with another person highly regarded by conservatives, the vacancy created by Kennedy has given Trump the opportunity to replace a frequent swing vote with a conservative name. He added: "I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court".
Regardless of what red-state Democrats decide, Republicans are confident that they can pass whomever Mr. Trump nominates. As an appeals court judge, Kethledge authored several notable opinions, including one that upheld the death penalty against a suspect who murdered a woman on federal land and a case in OH that questioned whether private citizens can sue the state for failing to enforce pollution controls.
A George W. Bush appointee to his current position, Kavanaugh had worked as counsel and staff secretary in the White House before his nomination.
The president has also spoken with confidence about how his Supreme Court pick will work out. While Supreme Court justices tend to respect precedents set by previous courts, such as 1973's Roe v. Wade decision, the new court could seriously curtail some rights without fully overturning them. She is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where she was also a law professor before joining the federal bench.
Republicans ignored Obama's nominee and delayed the vote until the 2017 Senate session when it approved Trump's nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, for the Scalia seat.
Two other vulnerable Democratic senators up for re-election this fall ― Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Jon Tester of Montana ― did not support Gorsuch's nomination.
Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen.
During her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barrett was questioned about her religious beliefs. Sen.
Before his election to the Senate, Kyl served in the U.S. House from 1987 to 1995.
With a slim one-vote majority in the Senate, any GOP defections could prove problematic in winning confirmation for Trump's eventual choice - that is, if Democrats hold together in opposition.
Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who opposes abortion, announced on Monday he can not support a process that involved Trump's picking from a list of 25 candidates selected by conservatives and big business.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas says Republicans know they're in for a contentious battle to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to serve on the Supreme Court, but "won't back down from the fight".
In an interview on Fox News Monday afternoon, Sen.