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Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion. White House officials have been prepping materials on those four, who have apparently been narrowed down from a list of 25 people that was screened by conservative groups.

Barrett also clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

President Donald Trump greets Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, in the East Room of the White House.

"The recent Supreme Court vacancy created in late June when Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement has reshaped the 2018 midterms, with outlets like the New York Times popping out headlines like, "'It's a Terrible Vote': "Red-State Democrats Face an Agonizing Supreme Court Choice".

Democrats girded for a fight as Trump kept up the suspense surrounding his shortlist of four possibles, all with solid right-wing credentials, ahead of the televised announcement to be made in prime time from the White House. Meanwhile, 24 percent bet on Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and 7 percent bet on Judge Raymond Kethledge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

His wife, Lori Zappala Hardiman, "comes from a family of prominent western Pennsylvania Democrats", a report from a local Philadelphia TV station noted. For instance, his ties to former President George W. Bush, who appointed him - that could potentially be seen as too establishment for President Trump. Barletta was elected to the U.S. House in 2010-a Republican "wave" year-and was also rumored to be on Trump's short list for labor secretary during the transition.

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.

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Trump is said to have apparently lost interest in Kethledge. "Barrett said she tends to agree "with those who say that a justice's duty is to the Constitution", rather than a precedent she thinks is clearly in conflict with it".

He previously worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. Both support a woman's right to have an abortion and will be looking for assurances that the nominee would not overturn the Roe v Wade decision establishing abortion rights.

Kennedy, a Republican appointee, often voted with the court's liberal members in cases involving abortion rights, gay rights and affirmative action.

On the past quarter century's most consequential and controversial issues, from racial preferences to religious freedom to reproductive rights, Kennedy often bridged the gap between the court's liberals and conservatives. The point is not to put the president above the law or to eliminate checks on the president, but simply to defer litigation and investigations until the president is out of office.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been working under existing procedures under a federal law meant to protect kids from human trafficking that can take some time to complete.

In his remarks, Kavanaugh expressed his view of a judge's role.

Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate, though Arizona Sen. "Casey is refusing to even consider the President's #SCOTUS nominee". "And I believe this person will do a great job", Trump told reporters on Sunday afternoon after spending the weekend at his private golf club in New Jersey. "We have to pick one that's going to be there for 40 years, 45 years".