Kavanaugh earned a reputation as a hard worker during clerkships for two appeals court judges and then for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, a conservative whom he would replace on the Supreme Court, if confirmed.
The president is expected to announce his official nominee in a prime-time announcement Monday night. "What matters is not a judge's political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require", he continued. "I am thinking about this person".
Previously, the three front-runners for the nomination have been seen as Kavanaugh, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; Michigan's Kethledge, from the 6th Circuit; and Indiana's Barrett, from the 7th Circuit. The appellate court judge in Washington has a "slight" advantage, John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation, who helped shape Trump's list of possible justices, said Sunday on Fox News.
Trump introduced Kavanaugh as "a judge's judge" and cited his "proven commitment to equal justice under the law". He called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".
For instance, Kavanaugh led the investigation into the death of Bill Clinton's Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster, and assisted in Kenneth Starr's 1998 report outlining the case for Clinton's impeachment.
"No president has ever consulted more widely, or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input abut a Supreme Court nomination".
"There's not gonna be a President Donald Trump", actor George Clooney said.
Other finalists are said to be appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett, 46, and Raymond Kethledge, 51.
Ahead of the decision, Trump has built suspense about whom his pick will be.
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After all, that was the gambit that won Trump so many evangelical votes in 2016: He made the unusual move of releasing, before he was even president, a list of judges he would consider for the Supreme Court if elected.
President Trump taunted his skeptics Sunday as he prepared to name his second nominee to the Supreme Court, tweeting a highlight reel of politicians and celebrities predicting he couldn't win the presidency.
The senators have stayed mum on whether they're planning to support Trump's nominee, saying they'll wait until after he announces to weigh in. They see him as too pragmatic and have painted him as the kind of nominee who could betray conservatives. The liberals' effort probably will focus on moderate GOP senators, such as Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who might be wary of adding a hard-line conservative and risking decades-old precedents such as Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973.
The six-year incumbent will face Republican nominee Lou Barletta in November to keep his seat. Susan Collins, of ME, to speak out, telling Stephanopoulos last week that a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade "would not be acceptable", because it indicates an "activist agenda" she didn't want to see in a judge.
"Tomorrow I begin meeting with members of the Senate", he said.
"I am concerned that he's making it like a game show", Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy told NPR radio. Conservatives, meanwhile, have both downplayed and hailed the possibility of reversing Roe.
"Trump will never be elected president of the United States", said former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.
She said the group isn't talking yet about returning to those roots but is grimly discussing a near future in which women in much of the country might have great difficulty obtaining safe abortions. "Our nation is at a pivotal moment, and CWA ladies will be in the center of the action, protecting our future children and grandchildren with grace and dignity".
During the last Supreme Court confirmation of Colorado's Neil Gorsuch, Republicans changed Senate rules to eliminate filibusters for Supreme Court nominees and confirm them by simple majority. Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens.