GOP ex-Sen. Jon Kyl will be the 'sherpa' for SCOTUS nominee

  • GOP ex-Sen. Jon Kyl will be the 'sherpa' for SCOTUS nominee

GOP ex-Sen. Jon Kyl will be the 'sherpa' for SCOTUS nominee

"I will oppose the nomination the president will make tonight because it represents a corrupt bargain with the far Right, big corporations, and Washington special interests", Casey (pictured above, right) declared Monday in a statement. As a judge on the US Court of Appeals in Washington he has written opinions on some of the nation's most sensitive issues.

Those views could have implications for independent counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump. "He has a track record that demonstrates his talents and his judicial philosophy". "And I believe this person will do a great job".

"Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a well-qualified nominee with extensive experience in the legal field", Moran said. "In the coming weeks, I will review Judge Kavanaugh's body of legal writing and meet with him to discuss his interpretation of the law and make certain he will be a steadfast defender of our constitution".

President Trump is set to announce his second Supreme Court nominee.

To that end, Kansas Democratic Party executive director Ethan Corson was quick to blast the choice.

"I honestly think that if it's one of the four, I think that they will be relatively easily confirmed", Cornyn said.

The choice could be made all the more hard for Casey if Trump nominates Thomas Hardiman, now serving as a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals which covers part of Pennsylvania, and who was first appointed to serve in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh in 2003.

In a tweet Monday morning, President Trump said that deciding on the Supreme Court Justice is one of the most important decisions a USA president can make and the announcement will be made tonight. Momentum appeared to be with Kavanaugh and Hardiman, though the process remained fluid. But Senate Democrats held up his confirmation for three years, accusing him of being a Bush political operative. Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states. The ads, costing a total of $1.4 million to run, will feature biographical information about the nominee and will be aimed at red state Democrats, including newly elected Sen. Getting a nominee through takes time.

The president said: "Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

On the past quarter century's most consequential and controversial issues, from racial preferences to religious freedom to reproductive rights, Kennedy often bridged the gap between the court's liberals and conservatives. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen.

Kyl served for 18 years in the Senate before retiring in 2013.

Kyl now works as a visiting fellow for the American enterprise institute and as senior of counsel for Covington & Burling, a high powered Washington D.C. law firm.

"They know that they will not get a justice nominated if the American people know this is what they want to do", NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in a call with reporters last week.

The president has spent the days leading up to the decision mulling the pros and cons of the various options with aides and allies.

The White House has tapped former Republican Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. "Maybe a handful of Democrats will vote for a Trump pick because they have to politically".

Sherpas - a reference to the guides who lead climbers up Mount Everest - are responsible for accompanying nominees as they visit with senators and face confirmation hearings.