But, walking up to Trump's primetime special, D.C. circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh also widely considered to be the frontrunner, though Trump did not love his close connection to the Bush family.
Both endorsed Kavanaugh's candidacy for the high court in a letter addressed to Congressional leaders including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. He's taught "hundreds" of students, primarily at Harvard Law School, that the separation of powers enshrined in the Constitution "protects individual liberty", he said, and added that he's "grateful" to have been hired by Justice Elena Kagan.
He says, "Because President Trump has said repeatedly that he would nominate judges to overturn the ACA, the Supreme Court vacancy is only further putting health care front and center, raising the stakes for maintaining these vital health care protections". Kavanaugh's nomination "sets in motion a hard right turn for the country that may be irreversible in our lifetime", said Nan Aron, the president of Alliance for Justice, a liberal group that has studied Kavanaugh's judicial opinions. "What rings true? What rings false?'" His mother, a one-time school teacher would go on to become a trial judge. CNN reported no Democrat lawmakers were in the East Room when Trump made his announcement.
"The Supreme Court is entrusted with the safeguarding of the crown jewel of our republic, the Constitution of the United States", Trump said. Leo put together Trump's list of 25 potential Supreme Court picks and helped put Neil Gorsuch onto the court.
While Trump didn't name the four, top contenders for the role have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. In particular, Kavanaugh will focus intense scrutiny on the claims of the administrative state, including its propensity to move at the speed of "bureaucracy standard time".
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Martha Kavanaugh graduated from Trinity College in 1963 and received her masters degree in teaching in 1968, according to the Montgomery County Circuit Court. He served in the Solicitor General's Office at the Justice Department and worked on President Bill Clinton-related investigations in the Office of the Independent Counsel under Kenneth W. Starr. "A judge must interpret the law, not make the law", Kavanaugh said.
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The White House would love to have the Democrats' votes for confirmation. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line.
Barrett of IN, 46, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Casey says he is "pro-life", but regularly sides with supporters of abortion rights in Senate votes.
Schatz in his statement also took issue with another part of the president's decision making process: that he was using a list pre-approved by the Federalist Society, a staunchly conservative think tank. Trump wants to leave an enduring mark on the court, giving it a solid five-justice conservative majority for the foreseeable future.