In what is likely to be one of the most consequential decisions of his presidency, Trump selected Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. "While the House of Representatives is not involved in the nomination process, I'm hopeful the White House will work with the Senate, including Senators Collins and King, on approving a Justice for the Supreme Court who will serve Mainers and the Nation dutifully and honorably".
'We think that's a pretty good benchmark, ' he said. Trump could be betting that having Kavanaugh on the court could be a boon to him in the face of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of his activities. He worked as a law clerk for two appellate judges and then clerked for Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Luther Strange, cutting the GOP's Senate majority to 51-49.
This is Mr Trump's second appointment to the highest court in the land, potentially allowing him to shape the USA for a generation after he leaves office.
Still, Trump has recounted how close he came to selecting Hardiman, who was recommended by the president's sister and sometime confidante, retired federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry.
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The group also plans to advertise in Alabama, in hopes of either winning the vote of Sen. And I believe this person will do a great job, ' the president told reporters before boarding Air Force One to head back to Washington from New Jersey, where he had spent the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster.
Murkowski is considered one of the Republican senators that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will need to be watching closely as McConnell cannot afford a single Republican defection unless he can convince Democrats to cross the aisle and vote for the nominee.
The Senate must confirm Trump's nominee, who will be backed campaign-style by the White House and conservative legal organizations. Members of the ME congressional delegation weighed in shortly after the 9 p.m. announcement.
With a short list of candidates already in hand, Trump has moved quickly to select his nominee, just 12 days after Kennedy announced his retirement.
Neil Gorsuch, 50, who was appointed by Mr Trump a year ago, is already one of the most conservative of the court's nine justices.
"It will be very hard for Democrats particularly those in red states to vote against him, except for rank political motives", said Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director at the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative legal organization.
The liberal coalition started holding events on Monday, before the announcement was made, with a focus on the twin issues of keeping abortion legal and maintaining insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions, which are the subject of a federal court case that could eventually reach the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court building is seen in Washington in this June 26, 2017 photo.
Trump, just days after becoming president in January of past year in a similar televised event, selected the reliably conservative Neil Gorsuch to succeed Antonin Scalia, who had died at the age of 79 in February 2016. And this is why so many people want the rule of law to be respected by our Supreme Court.
In an article in the Minnesota Law Review (pdf), Kavanaugh also noted his position on Senate confirmation hearings-a process he'll soon be facing.
"He's got a story that's compelling beyond the taxicab", former senator Rick Santorum, R-Pa., a friend of Hardiman's, said in an interview. Joe Donnelly, West Virginia Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have shown concern in the past about preserving access to abortion rights.