Can the Supreme Court confirmation process ever be repaired?

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The Democratic senator Kamala Harris of California said: "Judge Brett Kavanaugh represents a direct and fundamental threat to that promise of equality and so I will oppose his nomination to the supreme court".

Trump is scheduled to announce a nominee at 9 p.m. Monday.

Trump last week spoke with seven candidates, all drawn from a shortlist compiled by the conservative Federalist Society, about the Supreme Court.

His pick will have a tough nomination battle ahead of them, with Republicans holding onto a single seat majority in the Senate, with John McCain ill and possibly unable to participate in the confirmation process. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said over the weekend on "Fox News Sunday". As a result, Democrats have accused Republicans of stealing a Supreme Court seat.

Neil Gorsuch, 50, who was appointed by Mr Trump past year, is already one of the most conservative of the court's nine justices. "I will conduct a careful, thorough vetting of the president's nominee to the Supreme Court, as I have done with the five previous Supreme Court justices whom I have considered". "I don't think my role is to rubber-stamp for the president, but it's also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either". On Monday, Barletta said in a tweet that Casey was "blinded by partisanship" to have opposed a nominee before the pick is announced. The New York Times first reported McConnell's call with Trump. His staunch conservatism ensures stiff Democratic resistance.

"This nomination could alter the balance of the court in favor of powerful special interests and against working families for a generation, and would take away labor, civil, and human rights from millions of Americans", he said.

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position and no one more deserving", said Trump in his prime-time televised address from the White House, calling Kavanaugh "one of the sharpest legal minds of our time". But in terms of selecting his nominee, the president said he would not use Roe v. Wade as a litmus test for a nominee.

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There's buzz that he has plans to gut Roe V. Wade. Trump pledged in 2016 that he would be "putting pro-life justices on the court". So the reality, you know, as we've said, is that all these potential nominees have been vetted by conservative groups and have a conservative track record. Susan Collins, of ME, to speak out, told Stephanopoulos last week that a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade "would not be acceptable", because it indicates an "activist agenda" she didn't want to see in a judge. Previously, Collins voted for Gorsuch because of his belief in the significance of precedent.

With that background, along with his plethora of opinions issued on the federal bench, legal analysts have speculated he would become a firm member of the conservative wing of the court, tilting its ideological balance for at least a generation. Many, including Leo, believe that it was a major contributing factor to his victory in 2016.

CBS has learned he's narrowed the list of contenders to four appeals court judges.

Kavanaugh, 53, now serves as a judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before taking his current post with the District of Columbia Circuit Court in 2006, Judge Kavanaugh worked in George W. Bush's White House handling judicial appointments and was a key figure in Kenneth Starr's investigation into Bill Clinton, which led to the then-president's 1998 impeachment. Feinstein raised concerns about whether Barrett could separate her religious views from the law.

Barrett has a thin resume as a judge but has amassed a formidable and respected body of scholarly work.

Kavanaugh in 2009 also wrote "a serious constitutional question exists regarding whether a president can be criminally indicted and tried while in office". All of the folks that you mentioned have strong histories of making decisions in opposition to abortion access. "It's - well, let's just say it's the four people. And we have a great country, folks".

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