What Trump's pick of Kavanaugh for Supreme Court means for tech

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Two other judges, Amul Thapar and Joan Larsen have also been considered by the President.

"The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh comes after a selection process marked by an historic degree of transparency, including the President's public disclosure of a list of 25 highly qualified potential nominees to the Supreme Court", the White House Press Office released in a statement.

He also worked in the solicitor general's office in the George H.W. Bush administration before clerking for recently retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Judge Kavanaugh, a U.S. Circuit Court judge for Washington, D.C., would fill the vacant seat left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his departure in late June. "A judge must be independent, and must interpret the law, not make the law".

The appointment will not change the ideological breakdown of a court that already has a 5-4 conservative majority, but nevertheless could move the court to the right.

Judge Kavanaugh, who is married with two daughters, served as a senior White House official under the George W Bush presidency before he was nominated to the appeals court in 2003. A report earlier Monday said Trump was focused on Circuit Court Judges Brett Kavanaugh and Thomas Hardiman.

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Roy Blunt of Missouri said Sunday that they believe any of the top four contenders could get confirmed by the GOP-majority Senate. Democrats painted him as too partisan, but he ultimately was confirmed by the Senate three years later.

"The nominees share one basic characteristic — their hostility to progress that's been made in women, workers and civil rights as well as health and safety over the past several decades", she said.

Presidents weigh all sorts of considerations in deciding on a Supreme Court nominee, often beginning with the big question: Will the choice be confirmed by the Senate? He said that evangelicals want to see more conservative justices appointed, in case one doesn't vote as predicted on their most cherished issues, including abortion and matters of sexuality.

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After Republicans won control of the Senate in 2014, McConnell became leader — and the confirmation of Obama's nominees started grinding to halt.

"Looking forward to announcing my final decision", Trump said Sunday evening on Twitter.

The commander-in-chief announced on Twitter Wednesday morning that he would name a nominee to serve on the highest federal court in the United States at 6 p.m. PT Monday night. Democrats are voicing alarm about what the new justice could mean for charged issues such as abortion rights and gay rights.

MCCAMMON: At the same time, as I said, you know, Barrett's very popular with religious conservatives. Trump had a strong favorable reaction to Kethledge, while Barrett was seen as a less likely choice.

Trump made the election of conservative judges to the Supreme Court a cornerstone of his 2016 campaign.

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) questions Barrett on her Catholic faith and whether it would influence her decisions on the federal appeals court in her Senate confirmation hearing, September 6, 2017.

Kavanaugh's record will come under particular scrutiny for clues as to how he might vote in any future review of Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guaranteed a woman's right to an abortion.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a key Republican vote, was also invited to the White House but is not going, she said Monday.