Former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl to guide Trump's Supreme Court nominee

Outside candidate for Supreme Court buoyed by McConnell's backing

Outside candidate for Supreme Court buoyed by McConnell's backing

Republicans want a speedy process to ensure the vote is held well before the November 6 midterm elections in which all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs, with Democrats trying to seize control of Congress.

Mr Trump called it an "honour and privilege" to nominate Judge Kavanaugh, who became a judge for the US Court of Appeals in 2006, and said he had "impeccable credentials and unsurpassed qualifications".

U.S. Senator from California Kamala Harris issued a statement saying she would oppose Kavanaugh's nomination.

Republicans outnumber Democrats, 51 to 49, in the Senate.

If confirmed, the appellate judge would become the second young conservative jurist Trump has put on the top USA court during his first term.

But there may be more to Trump's choice than just support for Kavanaugh's alleged judicial independence. Trump wants to leave an enduring mark on the court, giving it a solid five-justice conservative majority for the foreseeable future.

"Senate Democrats were on the record opposing him before he'd even been named, before the ink was even dry on Justice Kennedy's resignation", McConnell said in a speech on the floor on Tuesday.

As a brutal confirmation battle over Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement begins, Schumer said Kavanaugh should expect to face tough questions over his past writings that argue a sitting presidents should be exempt from lawsuits and criminal investigations.

Then, in 2000, Kavanaugh was part of an energetic pack of Republican lawyers who traveled south and worked nonstop to help then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush during the critical Florida election recount.

He added that the last two Supreme Court nominees - one from Trump and one from President Barack Obama - went from nomination to confirmation in 66 days. "But in terms of the man now before us, Brett Kavanaugh is a true intellectual-a leading thinker and writer on the subjects of statutory interpretation and federal courts; an incomparable mentor-someone who picks law clerks of all backgrounds and viewpoints; and a fair-minded jurist who believes in the rule of law".

If NBC's report is true, it means Kennedy would effectively have been given control over a SCOTUS seat for 60 years - the 30 years he served, and the 30 or so the 53-year-old Kavanaugh will likely serve on the court if confirmed.

"He's demonstrated a hostility to the Affordable Care Act that the Trump administration is continually working to undermine", Democratic Sen.

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Senator Bob Corker (R- TN) said Kavanaugh is held in high regard, having heard critical cases in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The White House hopes his close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for Trump's eventual selection to win confirmation.

One Democrat up for re-election, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, announced Monday he would oppose any nominee from Trump's list of 25 possible candidates, drafted by conservative groups.

The liberal coalition started holding events on Monday, before the announcement was made, with a focus on the twin issues of keeping abortion legal and maintaining insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions, which are the subject of a federal court case that could eventually reach the Supreme Court.

"This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust, bipartisan support", Trump said.

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