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"Judge Kavanaugh clearly understands the proper role of a judge is to interpret the law as it is written and apply the law impartially".

"A judge must be independent", he said.

"What matters is not a judge's political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require". "He is a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

The vice president said Kavanaugh's qualifications would be the key to his success.

Kavanaugh now faces the confirmation process.

Planned Parenthood says that abortions constitute about 3 percent of its services, a small portion of its broad reproductive health services that include preventative care and birth control.

McConnell said there is nothing unusual about the consideration of Supreme Court nominees during off-year elections.

"Tonight, it is my honor and privilege to announce that I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court", Trump said in the East Room of the White House to a national television audience. But the situation appeared to remain fluid.

Judiciary members should seek "all of his writings and memos from his time at the White House".

And they certainly want Trump's choice confirmed before the November election, when Democrats have a long-shot chance of retaking the Senate majority.

Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate, though Arizona Sen. "Once again, President Trump has shown how seriously he takes his responsibility to put the best judges on America's courts", said Gayle Trotter, attorney, and spokesperson for Judicial Crisis Network said in a statement.

Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens.

At the top of issues that will be closely watched is abortion.

Within Republican ranks, Senator Susan Collins has already signalled she could break with her party if Trump taps someone hostile to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that guaranteed women's access to abortion. CBS also reports he is a staunch supporter of Second Amendment. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case.

The U.S. Senate has vetted 19 Supreme Court nominees since Sen. Kyl now works for Washington law and lobbying firm Covington and Burling, LLP. Previous year that seat was filled by Neil Gorsuch.

The president has spent the days leading up to the decision mulling the pros and cons of the various options with aides and allies.

Trump is expected to reveal his pick at 9 p.m. Monday. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Doug Jones of Alabama. Kavanaugh's record is no more controversial than Justice Gorsuch's was, and three red-state Democrats up for re-election in 2018 voted to confirm Gorsuch.

Republicans are eager to have a new justice in place when the Supreme Court begins its new term in October. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.

With the court in the balance, liberal judicial activist groups were urging Democrats to oppose the nomination even before the president announced his choice. He called it the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp".

Trump scheduled the announcement of his nominee for Monday night, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised a confirmation vote in the fall.

Two other candidates for the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy - Judge Amy Coney Barrett and Judge Raymond Kethledge - were not the focus of Trump's morning discussions, according to those familiar with the discussions.

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