As Americans gathered in anticipation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court announcement Monday evening, the crowd around the Supreme Court itself was reportedly so "volatile" that a Fox News anchor moved her crew back to the studio rather than cover it live.
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court because he was "worried" about special counsel Robert Mueller's probe and knew the judge would be a "barrier" to the investigation.
The choice of Kavanaugh, 53, sees him keeping good on that promise and the effects will be felt for decades to come.
Bream said she was forced to scrap the live show, planned to take place at the steps of the Supreme Court, due to the aggressive protesters mobbing the streets.
Kavanaugh is a favourite of the Republican legal establishment in Washington and a former adviser to President George W Bush.
Kavanaugh has been at the top of the conservative wish list for years.
Judge Kavanaugh authored key opinions in the case trying to find a middle ground on the thorny case - and is drawing fire from both pro-life and pro-choice activists for his attempt.
Democrats, however, have expressed concern that Kavanaugh could overturn the 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide. He has also taught at Yale Law School-from which he graduated-as well as Harvard and Georgetown.
With Republicans hoping to confirm a justice before the court resumes its session in October, as well as prior to the upcoming midterm congressional election in November, many perceived the timing as critical.
Recently he voted to delay an abortion for a teenage immigrant who was in government custody. His track record in decisions and dissents makes it clear that Kavanaugh is unlikely to become another David Souter, a particular bete noire among conservatives who still smolder over Souter's development into a liberal voice on the Supreme Court.
Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace.
Kavanaugh worked with Kenneth Starr in the 1990s when he investigating former President Clinton.
The high court handed Trump and his administration a series of victories in its term that ended on the day of Kennedy's retirement, including a major decision upholding the president's travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries.
The new justice can be expected to cast crucial votes on other matters of national importance including gay rights, gun control, the death penalty and voting rights.
Each of the nine justices has a lifetime appointment. "Kavanaugh helped kill President Obama's most destructive new environmental rules".
Trump, just days after becoming president in January of previous year in a similar televised event, selected the reliably conservative Neil Gorsuch to succeed Antonin Scalia, who had died at the age of 79 in February 2016.
This means his influence in USA politics could last decades - well after his tenure as President.
Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 edge at the moment.
The three Red State Democrats who supported Gorsuch, plus a Red State Democrat elected after the Gorsuch vote, Sen.