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Kavanaugh has written roughly 300 opinions in his 12 years as a judge, penned several law review articles and spoken at law school and Federalist Society events across the country.

Mr Trump added: "He is a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time". "It's important to have people who are extremely well known and have distinguished records".

"He can still recite the section and seat numbers of the upper deck seats his dad had at RFK (Stadium) for the Redskins", said Travis Lenkner, a former Kavanaugh law clerk, of the Washington Redksins' home field until 1997.

Other finalists included Amy Coney Barrett, a Seventh Circuit judge, was considered the candidate that would make Trump's base most happy, deeply conservative views and religious beliefs. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written".

President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton, worked on behalf of George W. Bush's campaign during the election recount in 2000 and served in the Bush White House. Kavanaugh in 2009 changed his tune on the Starr probe, arguing that presidents should be free from civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and investigations while in office. Three Democratic senators who voted for Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - are up for re-election IN states Trump won handily IN 2016.

The nomination and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court was the first in a series of judicial appointments by President Trump fulfilling the promise of candidate Trump.

Kavanaugh, 53, began his career as a clerk to Kennedy.

With Kavanaugh, Trump is replacing a swing vote on the nine-member court with a staunch conservative.

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Kennedy, 81, announced on June 27 plans to retire after three decades on the court, effective on July 31. 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 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had pushed Trump to pick Sixth Circuit's Raymond Kethledge, being perhaps least controversial and most likely to win approved by enough Dems to augment GOP's thumbs up, which matters because of Republicans' slim edge in the Senate and Sen.

"Looking forward to announcing my final decision", Trump said Sunday evening on Twitter.

"I think it's a bit of a scare tactic and rank speculation", Leo said on "This Week" Sunday, saying "nobody really knows" how Trump's nominee would rule on abortion if it ever arose.

"His nomination should be a non-starter for every member of the Senate concerned about the integrity of the special counsel's investigation and anxious about the Court undermining the rights of women to make their own medical decisions; civil rights; the rights of Americans to quality, affordable healthcare; voting rights; the rights of workers to organize for better wages and working conditions; and more", Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) said in a statement on Monday.

Assuming Kavanaugh's candidacy receives support in the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would need a simple majority of Senate votes to be placed on the high court.

The new justice can be expected to cast crucial votes on other matters of national importance including gay rights, gun control, the death penalty and voting rights. Trump has been struggling with Kavanaugh's association with the Bush family, however, an issue the Post calls the "Bush factor".

"Well, it's still - let's say it's the four people".

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