What McConnell reportedly said about Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees

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President Donald Trump tonight named Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy as Associate Justice on the Supreme Court, in a reality-TV-like primetime reveal. Jon Kyl will guide Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process. Republicans now hold a 51-49 majority, but Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) is battling brain cancer and is unlikely to be present for a vote.

"And yet you have this political dilemma that stares, I think, you and Chuck Schumer really in the face as the two leaders, which is this: staying united to stop the Supreme Court pick could cost you red state senators", he said.

With Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona, Republicans can now only muster 50 votes.

Track record: Barrett's recent ascension to the appeals court means she does not have the long, conservative record that lawmakers on the right find reassuring. "And I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law". The president's party holds 51 of 100 Senate seats, so liberal groups will apply pressure on those same Democrats to hold firm against Kavanaugh because the loss of only a Republican vote or two could sink the nomination. "Now, I urge the Senate to get to work and confirm our nominee". "My introduction to the law came at our dinner table when she practised her closing arguments", Kavanaugh said at the White House after Trump introduced him as his nominee. This is one reason that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reportedly tried to nudge POTUS away from naming him. While many of their Democratic colleagues are already vowing to oppose Kavanaugh, these senators put out far more tepid statements. But in terms of selecting his nominee, the president said he would not use Roe v. Wade as a litmus test for a nominee.

The president has a plethora of excellent candidates and Republicans could support any one of them, the Utah Republican said on Fox News. Previously, Collins voted for Gorsuch because of his belief in the significance of precedent. Trump is in some legal jeopardy with probe by Robert S. Mueller III, and in tapping Kavanaugh, Trump is essentially choosing his own judge and jury - a nominee who argued that presidents should not be distracted by civil lawsuits, criminal investigations, or even questions from a prosecutor or defense attorney. Many, including Leo, believe that it was a major contributing factor to his victory in 2016.

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Appeals court Judge Thomas Hardiman was solidly in the mix as of Sunday after being first runner-up a year ago, said three people familiar with the process. Barry served alongside Hardiman as a federal appeals judge on the 3rd Circuit before stepping down a year ago.

Casey supported Hardiman's appointment to the Third Circuit in 2007, saying he was well qualified to serve on that court. Barrett, in her mid-40s, is a judge for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; she was nominated by Trump. "At the same time, picking Brett Kavanaugh will impress even Trump's harshest critics inside the party".

A Yale Law graduate, Kavanaugh started his career as associate counsel with Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor who investigated former President Bill Clinton's extramarital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, helping draft the report recommending Clinton's impeachment. Lacking a brand name, Kethledge has a strong conservative track record after 10 years on the federal bench. It's a similar playbook to one the group followed past year with Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Trump will announce his decision Monday at 9 p.m. "It's - well, let's just say it's the four people". Kavanaugh went to Yale and Yale Law School; every other justice now serving on the high court got his or her law degree either from Yale or from Harvard.

Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, told CBS News' Nancy Cordes that any of the four candidates would be great justices, and he expects the eventual nominee to sail through their confirmation hearing and vote.

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