"I am grateful to you and I am humbled by your confidence in me". He is also former law clerk to Kennedy, as is Kethledge. His views on abortion are generally unknown, but Kavanaugh was part of a panel that signed an order a year ago to prevent an illegal teenage immigrant from getting an abortion.
In a 2013 law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that after seeing firsthand the many hard duties that a president encounters, he thinks that presidents should operate free from the threat of civil suits, such as the sexual harassment suit that led to Clinton's impeachment, and that presidents should also be free from criminal investigation.
MCCAMMON: Yeah, 9 Eastern time tonight is when the White House says the news will be coming out.
Casey supported Hardiman's appointment to the Third Circuit in 2007, saying he was well qualified to serve on that court.
Groups that support abortion rights are planning a "Day of Action" for August 26, the anniversary of the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.
Each of the nine justices serves a lifetime appointment.
Last year, I was proud to appoint Justice Kennedy's former law clerk, Neil Gorsuch, to the Supreme Court. But Judge Kavanaugh may not be so accommodating.
Trump's approach to naming a new Supreme Court justice has unnerved some Democrats.
The front-runner was a front-runner for a reason.
Over the weekend, it looked like Judge Kavanaugh's star may have been fading, that perhaps he had too-close ties to the Bush family for Mr Trump's liking. In the end, however, the safe pick won out.
Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment.
Democrats are still stinging from Republicans refusing to even grant a hearing to President Barack Obama's choice to serve on the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland.
President Donald Trump greets Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, in the East Room of the White House.
Once Trump names his nominee, all eyes will shift to a handful of moderate Democratic and Republican senators.
A nominee needs a simple majority of 51 votes to be confirmed. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been absent since December and is battling brain cancer.
Before a full vote on the chamber floor, the prospective justice will be grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee in hearings that can go on for days. That likely means meetings with senators.
Senate Democrats are sure to press Kavanaugh to explain his views on investigating and impeaching a president based on allegations of lies and a cover-up, something that could prove uncomfortable for Trump given the investigation under way by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
The report also noted that the Supreme Court - which recently affirmed freedom of speech in saying pro-life crisis pregnancy centers can not be forced to promote abortion and freedom of religion in a decision on behalf of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips in the same-sex marriage fight - now is earning its highest approval ratings in several years. The White House prepared briefing materials on all four.
All eyes on which senators?
Trump also hopes to pressure several Democrats into voting to confirm his nominee. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. - were also invited to the event but will not be attending.
All three face gruelling re-election campaigns this year in their conservative states.