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Pres. Trump: 'Very Close' To Making Final Supreme Court Pick

He called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

Support for nomination: Barrett also served as a law clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who is beloved by conservatives. Of the court's liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month, so Trump may well get another opportunity to cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come.

Barrett is a socially conservative judge who has drawn considerable attention for her personal religious beliefs, which critics have argued could influence her rulings as a Supreme Court Justice.

He did however, let slip that four are under consideration, and most reports indicate the final candidates are current appellate judges Brett Kavanaugh of the DC Circuit, Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit, Raymond Kethledge of the Sixth Circuit, and Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit. "A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the constitution as written", Kavanaugh said during the ceremony in which he underscored his ties to his family and his Roman Catholic faith.

Like Kavanaugh, his wife, Ashley, is a veteran of the White House during George W. Bush's presidency. Kavanaugh needs just 51 votes to be confirmed by the Senate. He had previously worked with independent counsel Kenneth Starr in the investigation of President Bill Clinton and was involved in the Florida presidential vote recount in 2000.

"The indictment and trial of a sitting President, moreover, would cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the global or domestic arenas", Kavanaugh wrote in a 2012 piece titled "Separation of Powers During the FortyFourth Presidency and Beyond" for the Minnesota Law Review. Few have had any sleep in Bedminster, N.J., as deliberations continue over the pros and cons of the potential nominees, and no one is sure which way the president is going to go, the source said. Senate Democrats must use everything in their power to keep Trump's unsafe nominees off the Supreme Court.

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Kennedy is expected to step down at the end of July.

The appointment will not change the ideological breakdown of a court that already has a 5-4 conservative majority, but nevertheless could move the court to the right.

Kennedy was the swing vote on many landmark decisions, including those involving abortion and same-sex marriage.

He tweeted Monday morning: "I have long heard that the most important decision a US President can make is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice".

Republicans hold a mere 50-49 Senate majority, with the prolonged absence of the ailing Arizona GOP Sen.

Kavanaugh's work on the Starr report has been scrutinized by Republicans who have said it could pose trouble for the president as he negotiates with special counsel Robert Mueller over the terms of a possible interview related to Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

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While activists and progressive groups are targeting moderate Republican senators who support abortion rights like Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, urging them to reject any Trump nominee who is hostile to Roe v. Wade, a handful of Democrats will be key in deciding whether the president gets his pick confirmed to the high court, because of the razor-thin partisan divide in the Senate. With Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on sick leave, a single "no" vote by a Republican could ruin the confirmation.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has repeatedly said she would only support Trump's nominee if they respected precedent set by Roe v. Wade when it comes to abortion rights.

Burrus says that while "Trump's method of choosing a justice is not exactly traditional, but it is not that objectionable given the circumstances". Liberal advocacy groups are challenging Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to keep the Democrats united.

Trump also hopes to pressure several Democrats into voting to confirm his nominee.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund, which is affiliated with Tanden's group, is among the groups taking part in a rally at the Supreme Court tonight to protest Trump's pick.

Tanden told the conference that controlling the courts was essential to protect the rights of minorities.

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