Trump has chosen his Supreme Court nominee, source says

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Dem senator to oppose Supreme Court nominee cites 'corrupt bargain' with 'far Right'

Call it crosshairs. Either way, Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly is again in it as a Senate confirmation of a new U.S. Supreme Court justice looms.

Recent developments underline the shrewdness of Trump's campaign team, which published a list of potential court nominees with stellar conservative credentials before he faced off against Hillary Clinton.

Speaking at the White House, Kavanaugh pledged to preserve the Constitution and said that "a judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law". He is among the best and brightest jurists on the appellate courts with a reputation of being fair and impartial in his decisions.

He also has expressed a broad interpretation of what constitutes obstruction of justice, a position which could be risky if the Russian Federation investigation leads to impeachable allegations against Trump.

President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to be the next justice to join the Supreme Court of the United States. The president was gleeful when Gorsuch's name didn't leak out early.

"I'm very confident with this president's enthusiasm and with Leader [Mitch] McConnell's enthusiasm that they can get anybody confirmed", Leo told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday.

"I am pleased to say I have found without doubt such a person", Trump said as he announced Kavanaugh's nomination at the White House Monday evening.

"No matter how intense the incoming fire, he'll stand by his legal principles", said Justin Walker, an assistant professor at the University of Louisville who clerked for Kavanaugh in 2010 and 2011. Critics believe Kavanaugh didn't push back enough in the case, Garza v. Hargan, while supporters say it illustrates his instinct towards compromise while standing firm on conservative values.

"I've spent the last three days interviewing and thinking about Supreme Court justices".

Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues.

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Trump indeed said during the 2016 campaign that he would put "pro-life justices on the court", thrilling his grassroots base although polls show most Americans support abortion rights.

"I've never seen it this dysfunctional". He's urging people to make their voices heard, an indirect reference to voicing their objections to senators. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said in a prepared statement. Dozens of additional nominations are pending - a list that will soon include Trump's second nominee for the highest court in the land.

Kennedy announced his plans for retirement in June. "I was not elected to genuflect to the hard right, who are funded by corporate America".

Leo said Hardiman of Pennsylvania and Kethledge of MI are "a little bit less known by conservatives".

Last month, after Supreme Court completed its session, the 81-year-old Kennedy announced he would be stepping down at the end of July. At Politico, Sherrilyn Ifill contends that in this anniversary year, "anyone whose record does not show a demonstrated commitment to the Constitution's core guarantees of equality and liberty for all should be soundly defeated". He is now a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and previously served in both Bush administrations.

The real players are folks like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose late-hour political jockeying upended the notion that the high court spot was D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh's to lose. The 53-year-old was born in MA, but started his career in Pittsburgh.

A Yale Law graduate, Kavanaugh started his career as associate counsel with Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor who investigated former President Bill Clinton's extramarital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, helping draft the report recommending Clinton's impeachment.

Hardiman, 52, attended Georgetown Law.

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