Kavanaugh has served as a federal appeals court judge who comes as a somewhat more reserved choice among Trump's previously announced short list of nominees. having at time dissented from the Republican party on certain issues, including the Affordable Care Act. Sources tell CBS News the contenders are federal appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge.
Neil Gorsuch, 50, who was appointed by Mr Trump previous year, is already one of the most conservative of the court's nine justices. But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions.
On the issues, Kavanaugh seems to tick numerous boxes of interest to Trump, who included him on a list of potential Supreme Court picks published by the White House in November 2017. Without Republican defections, however, Senate rules leave Democrats with scant options to block confirmation of Trump's nominee. Dianne Feinstein said that religious "dogma" lived loudly in her.
A half-hour after Trump is scheduled to appear with his choice in an East Room ceremony, Demand Justice, MoveOn, Indivisible, and People for the American Way will gather at the Supreme Court for a rally in opposition. Aside from Ginsberg, Sotomayor, Kagan and Gorsuch, the other justices on the court are conservatives John Roberts, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas and liberal Stephen Breyer.
Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues. At the top of that list is abortion. Another former Kennedy clerk, Kethledge is known for his strong defense of the Second Amendment.
That means Kavanaugh is not a stranger to tough confirmation fights. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said over the weekend on "Fox News Sunday". If confirmed by the Senate.
Kyl, a Republican from Arizona, served in the upper chamber from 1995 through 2013, assuming the role of minority whip from 2007 through his retirement. He now works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.
When Trump nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017, he faced an intense backlash from liberal activists and fielded a barrage of hostile questions from Democratic senators during his confirmation hearings. Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens.
For starters, Judicial Crisis Network is launching a $1.4 million ad buy on national cable and digital, with a particular focus on four states: Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.
The Judiciary Committee need not approve the nomination for it to advance. The others are Republican targets for the confirmation vote who come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall.
Whoever the President chooses, the nominee is expected to go through hearings set up by Congress in the coming days and/or weeks.
Moderate Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski said they could carefully vet Kavanaugh before deciding how to vote.
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. Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to hold a vote on Garland's nomination. "This is a big burden on him to show me he can be fair and objective".
Ahead of the decision, Trump has built suspense about who his pick will be.
Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet similarly released a statement regarding the selection. If approved by the Senate, he would become the fifth conservative justice on the nation's highest court. "Those rights will be gravely threatened". I am concerned that he's making it like a game show. "Kavanaugh could carry out the expressed views of President Trump, who as a candidate stated that he disagreed with the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges and said he would "strongly consider" appointing judges who would overturn the decision", GLAAD said. Kethledge is a University of Michigan Law School graduate that has been serving in his current position since 2006.