Kavanaugh's allies have begun pushing back, reaching out to influential Republicans to ward off potential criticisms, according to one conservative who was the recipient of such outreach and spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday to discuss the situation.
Trump's choice, if confirmed by the Senate, would replace Kennedy, who last week announced his retirement, effective July 31. He could still consider others in the mix.
Chuck Grassley says the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that he chairs is beefing up staff to help evaluate President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Trump adds that he thinks "they're all outstanding".
As Trump decides on a replacement for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, the White House team will naturally be considering what attributes to emphasize in that successor. He's still taking input, making calls to Capitol Hill, the official said.
Raymond Kethledge, 51, also formerly worked as a law clerk to Justice Kennedy and has served on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals since 2008, after being nominated by President George W. Bush.
The president also spoke by phone with Republican Sen.
Trump's opponents are gearing up to oppose the nomination, fearing that a more conservative court will be willing to rolling back individual rights, from abortion to equal opportunity.
The source told Reuters that Amy Coney Barrett of IN, a judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was still IN contention but that the Republican president had been asking more questions about the other two, who have more extensive judicial records.
They argue that the elected president is empowered by the Constitution to nominate Supreme Court justices - and that he should be granted some latitude to do so.
Lee, he said, would be a "sure thing". He cited former justices William Brennan, John Paul Stevens and Harry Blackmun, who authored the Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's right to abortion.
Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mold of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee a year ago.
Perhaps the most compelling background would be Kentucky-based Thapar, 49, the son of Indian immigrants (he would be the first Asian-American justice), and Amy Coney Barrett, 46, a former Notre Dame law professor and mother of seven.
Kavanaugh, 53, who graduated from Yale University and law school, is the only Ivy Leaguer on the shortlist at this point, and Trump has made plain he likes to tout elite credentials.
Trump's choice to replace Kennedy - a swing vote on the nine-member court - has the potential to remake the court for a generation as part of precedent-shattering decisions. Both jurists served as law clerks to Kennedy and were appointed to appeals courts by George W. Bush.
In the budding battle royale over the Supreme Court vacancy, what's the Democratic sweet spot between satisfying liberal activists' demands for an all-out fight against President Donald Trump's pick and protecting senators facing tight re-election races in deeply red states? Conservative groups rallied around Barrett after her confirmation hearing past year featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions.
Previewing Democrats' strategy, a collection of liberal groups said Thursday that Trump's nominee must explicitly endorse the rights to abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage and voice support for Obama's health care statute.
On Wednesday, Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, reiterated that she could not vote for a nominee with a "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion.
The warmer temperatures are putting a strain on the use of water as many locals are opening the taps more frequently. Irish Water announced the ban will come into force from 8am, saying Ireland is trying to "manage with the summer".
They say, quote, "abolishing ICE without changing President Trump's disastrous immigration policy will not solve the problem". ICE was created in 2003 as part of a federal government reorganization following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
I also think it's healthy in a way for me to do what I need to do, be that working mum, then go back home and be the mum". She slid feet-first into the net and stayed down for a bit before being checked on, but she continued to play.
Grant represented the England national team at various youth levels, but has never been selected for the Three Lions' senior side. And the club are poised to complete a £1.5 million move for Grant, with the player set to undergo a medical this week.
Former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato told NBC News that Jordan is a "liar" for saying he did not know about the alleged abuse. I believe him 100 percent", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One while traveling to Montana.
In a match full of big swings, Keys led 5-2 in the first set before Rodina won the next nine games to go 4-0 up in the second. Stan Wawrinka also exited, losing to Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 7-6 (7) 6-3 7-6 (6).
The government says the reunification process is going faster for parents now in ICE custody than those who have been released. They will need more time to collect DNA samples or other evidence from parents who have been released from government custody.
But the directors, the Russo Brothers, have said that to raise the stakes, whatever we saw in the film was irreversible. And we are starting now the next one which will start a few minutes after Avengers 4 wraps as a story.
As a recall, the matter in hand is the latest extension of the ongoing trade conflicts between China and the United States. It is worth noting that China Mobile is technically the largest telecom carrier in the world with 899 million subscribers.
YouTube stars die in 100-foot waterfall plunge
They spent seven days in jail for violating the Yellowstone rules in Wyoming and were banned from United States federal lands. Gamble and Lyakh pleaded guilty to heading off the walkway at the park and onto the Grand Prismatic Spring.
Lukaku defends Brazil forward Neymar: He is not an actor
Supporters of Russian Federation celebrate on the Red Square after their team's victory in the FIFA World Cup 2018 round of 16. Neymar will have to be careful not to pick up another booking as he would miss a semifinal should Brazil prevail.
President Trump in Great Falls
In a second tweet , Teigen wrote: "And why would you have to toss it? where is he going with this? his brain is eating itself". Bob Corker during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on nominations in the Hart Building, Feb. 8, 2018, in Washington.
Tropical Storm Beryl forms east of Lesser Antilles
The National Hurricane Center in Miami say the storm's winds had strengthened to 40 miles per hour (65 kph) by Thursday afternoon. Hurricane Beryl is located about 1140 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles and is moving to the west at 14 mph (22 km/h).
Chestnut sets record at Nathan's contest
Not only did Chestnut win, but he beat his own record while simultaneously setting a new world record . The pair wasn't a match for returning champ Sudo who scarfed down 37 hotdogs and buns in 10 min.