Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl to guide Trump's Supreme Court nominee

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Trump announced Kavanaugh's nomination at a White House news conference on Monday night.

Kavanaugh, 53, is a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Yale Law School graduate who previously served in both Bush administrations.

"If we put another two or perhaps three justices on ..." He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during the investigation of President Bill Clinton. Chuck Schumer (D- NY) says by picking Kavanaugh, Trump is delivering on his pledge to "punish" women for their choices, putting abortion rights and health care protections for women "on the judicial chopping block". He has a solidly conservative record as a judge in cases involving government regulation and the separation of powers, issues that are important to the groups supporting his candidacy.

The "Newsmaker of the Day" is heard every weekday morning at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:45 on AM 1450 and FM 102.7 KVML. The White House prepared briefing materials on all four. Trump's nominee can win confirmation with only Republican votes, but attention will quickly shift to two moderate GOP senators, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who are supportive of abortion rights.

Even if all 49 members of the Democratic caucus united to oppose the nominee they would still need at least one Republican to join them to block the nomination.

Those who discussed the president's decision, and spoke on the condition of anonymity, did not disclose the name of the president's selection. I was greatly honored when Justice Kennedy came to the White House to meet with me.

McConnell reportedly spoke often to Trump and White House general counsel Don McGahn throughout the selection process and was anxious about the vast number of documents Kavanaugh had amassed during his 12 years on the D.C. appeals court could prove problematic. The judge ruled in favor of the state. He was in the running past year for the Supreme Court seat left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

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"Thirty years ago, President Reagan nominated Anthony Kennedy to the Supreme Court".

President Trump is expected to announce his pick to replace Justice Kennedy tomorrow; Gabby Morrongiello of the Washington Examiner and Garrett Tenney have more.

However, Democrats are expected to fight against the confirmation since Kennedy's departure serves as the loss of a deciding swing vote on many progressive issues.

Since the 2016 campaign, Trump has made his process for picking Supreme Court justices fairly transparent.

Fix the Court has released financial information on the contenders here. Trump says his list of potential judges was compiled by highly respected conservatives and Republican Party leadership.

Trump also hopes to pressure several Democrats into voting to confirm his nominee.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee that holds hearings on Supreme Court nominees, responded on "This Week" that Trump has "outsourced" his decision to the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation, which helped compile a list of 25 potential nominees from which the president has said he would make his selection. Kennedy, a 1988 appointee of President Ronald Reagan, was the most unpredictable. Previous lobbying efforts by McConnell - including a push for fellow Kentuckian 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amul Thapar, who would have been the court's first Asian-American nominee - have failed.

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