Anticipation Builds Ahead Of Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Unveiling

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The last-minute jockeying by lawmakers and other political stakeholders played right into the reality show-like gamesmanship surrounding President Trump's choice for Supreme Court nominee - right down to a blast from the past re-emerging on Trump's list of finalists.

Lat: Judge Barrett has stated that Roe is settled law, but she has said that in the context of being a circuit judge, a lower court judge below the tier of the Supreme Court.

And with that, Thomas Hardiman - the judge who Trump passed over last year to install Neil Gorsuch to the seat once held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia last year - was back in play. Dick Durbin, said fighting Trump's choice is "about more than the next election" and conceded that it could affect the political future of red-state Democratic senators this fall. The president's nominee, if confirmed, will likely solidify a five-seat conservative majority on the nine-member court.

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Roy Blunt of Missouri said Sunday that they believe any of the top four contenders could get confirmed by the GOP-majority Senate.

Trump's Monday night nomination will be his second since he entered the White House.

Kavanaugh, 53, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is a favorite of the conservative legal establishment because of his long record on issues ranging from the separation of powers and executive privilege to abortion, immigration and gun rights.

"Trump will not be president", former President Obama said.

Meanwhile, liberals are demanding that Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAn end game on Supreme Court nominations Liberals forget Constitution as Supreme Court battle fires up Anti-Trump protesters sing national anthem outside rally MORE (D-N.Y.) try to strong-arm Heitkamp, Manchin and Donnelly into opposing Trump's nominee.

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But both senators voted to confirm Gorsuch, who would be expected by conservative activists to vote to return decisions about abortions to the states.

Trump during his campaign in 2016 said he would appoint justices who would overturn the landmark 1973 decision that said women have a constitutional right to an abortion.

"I don't think anyone should expect me to simply vote yes for this nominee, just simply because my state may be more conservative than others", Jones said. And Trump, as we know, has some distrust of so-called "Bushies". Former President George W. Bush nominated him to the appeals court in 2003.

While Democrats are flailing, Trump can hardly lose. "I don't think my role is to rubber stamp for the President, but it's also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either".

Any of the candidates on Trump's short list would probably move the court to the right.

He claimed Trump is looking to pick a judge who will "automatically overturn Roe v. Wade", but said a "vast majority" of Americans will side with Democrats if Trump makes such a pick.

In a wider sense, his nominee will also represent a triumph for conservatism and the organized effort to promote vetted conservative judges that offered McConnell a pipeline of candidates for lower courts and now is reaching the ultimate prize - a solid Supreme Court majority.

"Beyond the procedure, beyond the gamesmanship, it is a life-and-death important decision to be made by this court on so many issues", Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the body's No. 2 Democrat, said Sunday on NBC.

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