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President Donald J. Trump (L) announces Federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh (R) as his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 09 July 2018. "I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh during the confirmation process".

As expected, conservatives quickly offered praise for Kavanaugh's nomination.

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Trump worked hard to keep news of Kavanaugh's nomination from leaking, though several news organizations confirmed it in the minutes leading up to the announcement. John McCain has been absent as he battles brain cancer.

Kavanaugh thanked Trump for nominating him and expressed gratitude at the prospect of sitting where Kennedy did.

That will be a red flag for Democrats in Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing given that Trump's attempts to test the boundaries of his office often end up in the courts, and that a decision on whether he must testify to Mueller may ultimately end up before the nine Supreme Court justices.

Durbin said Todd had a point but that his colleagues understood the significance of the decision that's before them.

Kavanaugh, an appellate court judge based in Washington D.C. with ties to the George W. Bush administration, was also a high school classmate of New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill at Washington's Georgetown Prep. Some Republicans, certain to support Kavanaugh, had hoped Trump would choose someone seen as a stronger social conservative.

According to the Judicial Common Space, which scores USA justices and judges on their ideology, Kavanaugh's ideology falls to the right of Justices Gorsuch and Samuel Alito, but to the left of Clarence Thomas.

Democrats plan a confrontation centered on abortion and healthcare, hoping to either scuttle the nomination process completely or delay it until after November in the hope of winning extra seats in the Senate to force Trump to compromise. He noted that he understood the gravity of this matter and believed Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials" like Neil Gorsuch, last year's replacement for "the late great Justice Antonin Scalia".

"I'm convinced if the president gave every American five million dollars, the left would still oppose him", Hannity said.

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Christian conservative leader Ralph Reed noted that many voters - including voters of faith - backed Trump in 2016 because of his promise to nominate conservatives to the court.

In a stinging dissent, Kavanaugh blasted the majority for an approach he called "radically inconsistent with 40 years of Supreme Court precedent". "There's a lot of work to be done before I think a real, fair analysis of Judge Kavanaugh and his qualifications to serve on our highest court".

"All that changes for me is that we now have a nominee", Heitkamp said in a statement.

The US Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter on contentious laws and disputes between states and the federal government.

Democrats' hopes are pinned on two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who both oppose any nominee who threatens the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling recognizing abortion as a constitutional right.

Before the president has even made his announcement, advocacy groups are making clear they will play an important role in the coming fight. They all supported Gorsuch.

Trump tweeted Sunday that he will announce his pick on Monday at 9 p.m. EDT.

In his time serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., Kavanaugh has consistently voted to roll back rules and regulations. McConnell said Kavanaugh believes judges should ignore their personal and political views and simply "interpret our laws as they are written". It is imperative that judges adhere to the Constitution and resist judicial activism.

The Times says Trump has recently been asking associates about Hardiman, and has also been talking about Barrett and Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh told the president as he took the microphone to accept his nomination that he was "grateful to you" and "humbled by your confidence in me".

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