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Hardiman was on the president's short list when he nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.

John Roberts now serves as the chief White House correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). "So, he would be the easy pick". Trump has been struggling with Kavanaugh's association with the Bush family, however, an issue the Post calls the "Bush factor".

Kavanaugh's time in Bush administrations, for example, could count against him with a President who is suspicious of the political establishment. On Saturday, he tweeted that a "Big decision" was coming soon.

In the coming year the court might have to consider Trump's powers and rights in the investigation into links between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, and whether he sought to obstruct that investigation. I've argued cases before the Supreme Court for them.

"They're good judges", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Courtesy meetings with the nominee and sitting senators will start on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Given GOP control of the Senate and the chamber's Republican leader Mitch McConnell's abolition of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations during the Gorsuch confirmation saga, any of the four is expected to have a strong chance of confirmation. Barrett has already crossed swords with Democrats in her Senate confirmation hearing for her current job, when California Sen.

"One Republican senator can decide the fate of any Supreme Court nominee", said Sen.

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Durbin is the Senate's Minority Whip.

Kavanaugh, 53, was picked by former President George W. Bush to serve on the influential Washington-based appeals court in 2003.

Kavanaugh, 53, is said to be supported by White House Counsel Don McGahn, who's supervising the search.

"I don't want to see things change radically, and I think there are some legitimate concerns", Jones said. He is "generally considered to have a near-perfect record, but he has piles of history with the government going back to Ken Starr and GWB, all those docs are no doubt under review".

On the flip side, if the Republicans suggest they will approve of the nominee, it's hard to see how the nomination fails - and it gives the Democrats even more cover to buck their party and also support Trump's pick. They point to narrow aspects of an opinion he wrote on the Affordable Care Act, for example. She is a well-known conservative whose past comments on abortion drew attention at her Senate confirmation hearing. Dianne Feinstein of California said something to Barrett like "the dogma" - meaning Catholic teaching and faith - "lives loudly within you." Sen.

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when she was questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings a year ago.

"Remember, the President ran on the Supreme Court issue and that greatly enthused voters", Leonard Leo, who is now on leave from the Federalist Society, where he helped craft Trump's list of candidates, said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday. Susan Collins of ME, who has expressed disquiet about the nomination of a judge who might overturn Roe v. Wade. The White House prepared briefing materials on all four. But her brief time on the bench has raised questions about her experience. And often when two factions war with each other over a judicial pick, a different candidate becomes more attractive.

Two other candidates for the seat of the retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy - Judge Amy Coney Barrett and Judge Raymond Kethledge - were not the focus of Mr. Trump's morning discussions.... But he's also an evangelical Christian, according to the Federalist Society, and he's liked by Kavanaugh's opponents and has none of the controversy on Capitol Hill of Barrett.

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