Ahead of the decision, Trump has built suspense about whom his pick will be. He has quizzed golf partners, visitors to his club at Bedminster, New Jersey, and friends and advisers about how they view the candidates. "Every one. You can't go wrong".
Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year.
Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and former clerk for Justice Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice.
Barrett, on the other hand, has become a favorite of religious conservatives because of her thorny confirmation hearing to the federal bench past year. There are many documents from Bush White House years that would be connected to Judge Kavanaugh that would have to be produced if he's the nominee.
They're all younger than 55 and conservative enough to make a first cut.
It is not exaggeration to say that the prospect of tipping the balance of the Supreme Court was the reason why evangelical conservative voters, who had plenty of reason to worry about Trump's character, made a decision to stick with him during the 2016 election campaign.
From a reported list of 25 Supreme Court candidates, Trump said he has narrowed his choices.
"I'm very close to making a final decision".
The White House would love to have the Democrats' votes for confirmation. She no longer hears cases. A self-described introvert, Kethledge co-authored a book, "Lead Yourself First", in which he talks about how some of the world's great leaders learned from solitude and quiet.More news: Japan make last 16 on disciplinary rule despite Poland loss
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Blumenthal added, "The next justice on this Supreme Court will probably be the swing vote in deciding whether [the president] has to comply with a subpoena" from Mueller if a subpoena is issued. She was a law clerk for Scalia. Dianne Feinstein of California said something to Barrett like "the dogma" - meaning Catholic teaching and faith - "lives loudly within you." Sen. The Supreme Court has the privilege of essentially revisiting or even overturning its own precedents. But he has offered little about his thinking.
But she is also seen as potentially hard to confirm, given the narrowness of the Senate GOP majority, the previous controversy in her confirmation process when she was nominated for the federal bench a year ago, her lack of a deep judicial record of opinions and her openness to overturning Roe v. Wade.
While Democrats are flailing, Trump can hardly lose. She is a graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where she was also a law professor before joining the federal bench.
More than the other potential nominees, Hardiman has a strong record in favor of gun rights.
David Lat: Judge Hardiman is a judge for the 3rd Circuit based out of Pittsburgh and I think there are several things the president likes about him.
President Trump is expected to announce his pick to replace Justice Kennedy tomorrow; Gabby Morrongiello of the Washington Examiner and Garrett Tenney have more. He had previously worked with independent counsel Kenneth Starr in the investigation of President Bill Clinton, and was involved in the Florida presidential vote recount in 2000. He recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to get an abortion. The opinion, written for a three-judge panel, was eventually overturned by the full court. And that is a big if.
The Democratic senator is up for re-election this year in a state Trump won in 2016. Other Democrats who represent heavily Republican states will also be under pressure to support the nominee.
The conservatives urged Trump to keep an open mind on Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th Circuit, whose confirmation hearing tete-a-tete with Sen. I'm open to voting no.
Trump has moved quickly to make a nomination while Republicans hold a bare majority in the Senate, which needs to approve the appointment.