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In his dissent for Seven-Sky v. Holder, Kavanaugh detailed how he views the role federal courts should play, one that includes no oversight over Congress's taxation powers. 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.

On average, for Supreme Court nominees who have received hearings, the hearing occurred 39 days after the nomination was formally submitted, according to the Congressional Research Service. The president briefed Senate Republicans at the White House Monday evening shortly before making the public announcement. But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

Trump planned to announce his pick Monday night.

But he called four finalists for the nomination - appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, and Raymond Kethledge - "extraordinarily distinguished people".

"I will oppose the nomination the president will make tonight because it represents a corrupt bargain with the far right, big corporations, and Washington special interests", Senator Bob Casey said. "That's what I'm going to look at. This is an opportunity for Senators to put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command", McConnell said in a statement.

"The Republicans control the votes in the Senate, but we have the American people on our side", he said.

Macias says it's not clear that Kavanaugh would actually cast a vote to change current abortion laws. In the latest JCN salvo, totaling $1.4 million, the group will air a spot highlighting Kavanaugh's biography in Alabama, North Dakota, Indiana and West Virginia - red states with Democratic senators.

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings a year ago.




Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them". They criticize Kavanaugh as insufficiently committed to overturning Roe v. Wade. Kennedy, a member of the Judiciary Committee, which will get the first chance to question the nominee, predicted a "rough, tough, down in the dirt, ear-pulling, nose-biting fight".

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"This was, in some cases, quite literally a fill-in-the-blank opposition to the nominee", said McConnell, who in 2016 refused to fill the Supreme Court seat opened by Justice Antonin Scalia's death until after President Barack Obama had left office.

"As with all recent Republican nominees, reporters will repeatedly label them as "conservative, ' which will nicely reinforce the Democrats" strategy to paint them as outside 'the mainstream, '" Noyes wrote.

Kyl retired from the Senate seat now occupied by Jeff Flake in 2013 and has been working for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

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Schumer also laid into Trump's judicial adviser, Leonard Leo of The Federalist Society, who helped compile a list of 25 possible candidates for the SCOTUS justice.

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