Mr Kavanaugh has served on the DC Circuit Court since 2006, and has a strong conservative record on issues of protecting gun ownership, opposing a ban on semi-automatic rifles and showing scepticism over environmental regulations put in place by the Obama administration.
President Trump is expected to announce his pick to replace Justice Kennedy tomorrow; Gabby Morrongiello of the Washington Examiner and Garrett Tenney have more.
President Donald Trump has decided on his nominee to the Supreme Court after spending Monday morning working the phones primarily seeking input about two judges who were said to be the finalists, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Thomas M. Hardiman, people familiar with the discussions said.
Ahead of the decision, Trump has built suspense about who his pick will be.
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"The four that are mentioned, they're all really outstanding people", Hatch said.
The president has been lobbied in the final hours of his selection process by both supporters and opponents of the four candidates, all of whom are federal appeals court judges with conservative records.
Kavanaugh, who first appeared on Trump's roster of Federalist Society-approved potential Supreme Court nominees past year, began his remarks by applauding Trump's "appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary". I am concerned that he's making it like a game show. Senator Patrick Leahy is a longtime member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I am thinking about this person".
Kavanaugh, in brief remarks at the White House, underscored his conservative credentials.
Kethledge, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, is a former Kennedy clerk and a former in-house lawyer at Ford Motor Co. He co-authored a book with Army veteran Mike Erwin of The Positivity Project published past year called "Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude". She was a law clerk for Scalia. Kavanaugh now reportedly believes court proceedings against a sitting president should be deferred until after he or she is out of office. "Supreme Court reform remains a worthy cause because it will help rein in an institution prone by design to imperial overreach". "Barrett said she tends to agree "with those who say that a justice's duty is to the Constitution", rather than a precedent she thinks is clearly in conflict with it".
Democrats are certain to press Trump's latest nominee on the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, a decision some conservatives - particularly conservative Christians - have long wanted to overturn.
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Casey supported Hardiman's appointment to the Third Circuit in 2007, saying he was well qualified to serve on that court.
Trump announced his pick fewer than two weeks after Kennedy said he would end his 30-year career on the bench. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is the favored nominee among the religious right.
Although he dissented from a ruling that upheld Obamacare, he did so on narrow procedural grounds. As an appeals court judge, Kethledge authored several notable opinions, including one that upheld the death penalty against a suspect who murdered a woman on federal land and a case in OH that questioned whether private citizens can sue the state for failing to enforce pollution controls.
Kavanaugh, of Maryland, sits on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Kavanaugh served under President George W. Bush which is partly why some have labeled him as more of an establishment choice.
On abortion, Kavanaugh voted in October to delay an abortion for a teenage immigrant who was in government custody.
In a 2013 law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that after seeing firsthand the many hard duties that a president encounters, he thinks that presidents should operate free from the threat of civil suits, such as the sexual harassment suit that led to President Clinton's impeachment, and that presidents should also be free from criminal investigations. His friends? What is within the scope of Mueller's investigation? And that is a big if.
Democrats who plan to oppose Trump's nominee are focusing on two Republican moderates, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, hoping to turn them against Trump's selection. I'm open to voting no. But we know the list of names. Doug Jones of Alabama.
Later in the week, the president also suggested that of the four reported shortlisted candidates, he had preferences, telling reporters: "I think I have it down to four people".
Trump has often clashed with Republican leadership, even publicly, and his decision to nominate Kavanaugh could stir up problems between him and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.