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Alabama Democrat keeping an open mind on Trump's SCOTUS pick

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Glenn Montgomery | 10 July, 2018, 08:45

Relishing the suspense, Trump insisted he still hadn't locked down his decision, which he wants to keep under wraps until a 9 p.m. Monday announcement from the White House.

Age was an important factor in making Trump's Supreme Court list; Kavanaugh is 53 years old, which would guarantee a measure of longevity on the court, if he is approved by Congress. He recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing a teenage unauthorized immigrant to get an abortion.

Kavanaugh, 53, had always been mentioned in Washington chatter as a potential high court choice by a Republican president because of his educational background, intellectual firepower and an unyielding commitment to a legal approach championed by conservative Supreme Court justices such as Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. Politico reported Monday that Hardiman is one of the president's top candidates to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of July.

With reality television-style suspense, he had kept everyone guessing up until the last moment.

On Monday, Trump phoned Justice Anthony Kennedy to inform him that his former law clerk would be nominated to fill his seat.

With President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, all eyes are now on the Senate, where a fierce confirmation battle awaits. Throughout this process I have witnessed firsthand your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary.

"I am grateful to you and I am humbled by your confidence in me". Kavanaugh later worked with independent counsel Kenneth Starr during the investigation of President Bill Clinton. He is a fine husband, father, and friend-and a man of the highest integrity. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) made no mention of delaying consideration for Kavanaugh.

Hearings for the most recent nominees to the Supreme Court have lasted four or five days, though there were 11 days of hearings for Robert Bork's nomination in 1987. Afterward, from 1993-94 he clerked for Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Outside groups on both sides of the debate over abortion rights immediately issued predictions about what the nomination would mean for the future of Roe v. Wade. But Judge Kavanaugh may not be so accommodating. In fact, the only member of "the Supremes" who isn't Catholic or Jewish is Justice Neil Gorsuch, who is Episcopalian.

The front-runner was a front-runner for a reason. "A thorough vetting of Judge Kavanaugh's body of work will be critical for the Senate to fulfill its shared responsibility-which I take very seriously".

A fellow judge there, Maryanne Trump Barry, one of the president's sisters, reportedly has recommended him to her brother.

It's a promise that has helped cement near-record levels of support for his presidency from Republican voters - and for good reason.

Barrett, 46, is a rising judicial star and a favorite among social conservatives.

Republicans occupy 51 Senate seats. Meanwhile, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona is battling brain cancer and has not been back to the Capitol since December.

Kavanaugh says he will begin meeting with members of the Senate on Tuesday. "They understand it's a historic decision", he said.

The New York Times reports she says she would like to see the scope of abortion rights changed.

Montana Sen. Steve Daines said Kavanaugh had an "impressive background".

All eyes on which senators?

Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly of IN, all of whom face tough re-election bids. And all three are running for re-election in November in states Trump won. All three joined with Republicans in confirming Justice Gorsuch. Despite the fact he has not ruled on any cases touching abortion, Senate Democrats may united to block the nomination, and while pro-abortion Republicans like Susan Collins from ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska may refuse to confirm someone they believe might overturn Roe v. Wade.

Since his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh has not ruled in any cases involving abortion or gay so-called marriage, something conservatives hope the Supreme Court will revisit.

Activists have sent coat hangers - an abortion rights symbol - to her office.

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