SUPREME SHOWDOWN: Trump Teases 'EXCEPTIONAL' Court Pick

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President Donald Trump has decided on his Supreme Court nominee, a person with knowledge of the situation revealed Monday, hours before a prime-time TV announcement that will ignite a fierce confirmation battle.

His views on abortion are generally unknown, but Kavanaugh was part of a panel that signed an order past year to prevent an illegal teenage immigrant from getting an abortion. Trump touted Kavanaugh as "a brilliant jurist" with "impeccable credentials" before inviting Kavanaugh to the podium, where the judge said he was "deeply honored" to be Trump's choice. Kavanaugh has ties to the Bush family, which has often drawn ire from Trump, but he has investigated the Clintons and recommended the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton. "They want. voting rights and gay rights and other rights to be not only preserved, but also enhanced".

Rousing applause broke out as Kavanaugh entered with his wife and two daughters. Trump signed Kavanaugh's nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence.

Trump past year appointed Neil 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. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line.

As soon as Kennedy announced his retirement plans on June 27, Democrats mobilized, arguing that anyone Trump selects would be hand-picked to help roll back abortion rights, Affordable Care Act protections, same-sex marriage, and scores of other decisions that have shaped modern America - while ruling in favor of corporations and against under-represented minorities.

Republican Sen. John Neely Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion. If it takes some work to get a great nominee through, let's get that nominee through. His first, Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the high court in April 2017.

Justice Kennedy sometimes sided with the court's liberal justices on divisive social issues. At the top of that list is abortion. "I was a law clerk to [former Justice Harry Blackmun]". Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen.

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Barrett clerked for Scalia and earned high praise from conservatives for her answers about her Catholic faith at a Senate confirmation hearing past year. The White House hoped to keep the details under wraps until he rolls out his pick from the East Room.

Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Gorsuch a year ago.

The president has spent the days leading up to his announcement discussing the pros and cons of the various options with aides and allies. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade. Kavanaugh has an extensive paper trail that could potentially enable Democrats to stretch the confirmation beyond the 2018 midterm election.

Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of IN were invited for the announcement.

Blumenthal told Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that the public supports abortion rights.

"The president was very impressed with Barrett but said on a number of occasions it might be best to save her for a future vacancy", the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. He called it the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp".

The privilege of naming justices to the U.S. Supreme Court - judges whose decisions could affect the lives of Americans for decades - is one of the most consequential choices a president can make.

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