White House aides have strict instructions to keep information under wraps so Trump himself can make the big reveal.
Barrett, 46, could become the court's lone female conservative voice.
Justice Kennedy sometimes sided with the court's liberal justices on divisive social issues. Like Trump's first nominee past year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare.
Schumer says if Kavanaugh is confirmed, "women's reproductive rights would be in the hands of five men on the Supreme Court".
The White House is hoping the Senate moves quickly to confirm Kavanaugh before the midterm elections in November threaten to unfurl the narrow Republican majority in the chamber and nix the precious leverage the GOP holds over some red state Democrats up for reelection in 2018. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are potential swing votes in the coming Senate confirmation battle.
The Republican caucus has a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, but one key member, Sen.
"The Democrats are so upset that the Republicans have this opportunity of appointing nominees to the court that they just make every doggone appointment a cause celeb, and that's just ridiculous", he said.
Born in Maryland, he is the son of two lawyers and attended Yale University and Yale Law School. Anti-choice right-wingers have also noted that he appears less likely than other top contenders to drastically curtail abortion rights.
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Liberal horror and conservative delight about the implications of the pick have crystalized into a debate about the newly constituted court's potential to overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that upheld a legal right to an abortion.
He is also a robust supporter of the executive power of the presidency. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case.
In his conversations over the weekend, Trump expressed renewed interest in Hardiman _ the runner-up when Trump nominated Gorsuch, said two people with knowledge of his thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly.
Trump a year ago appointed Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. The pick will fill the seat vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. 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. President Barack Obama announced the selection of Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor from the White House during the day.
Senate Democrats are sure to press Kavanaugh to explain his views on investigating and impeaching a president based on allegations of lies and a cover-up, something that could prove uncomfortable for Trump given the investigation under way by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
President Trump announced the list of people he would pick from would be off the same list he had while on the campaign when Justice Antonine Scalia died suddenly months before the 2016 election.