He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.
Trump himself has indicated that his selection is down to four prospects: Brett Kavanaugh, a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on the 7th Circuit; Raymond Kethledge, on the 6th Circuit; and Thomas Hardiman, on the 3rd Circuit. Kethledge, 51, is a judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The court could also be called upon to render judgment on issues of personal significance to Trump and his administration including matters arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia-related investigation and several civil lawsuits pending against Trump.
"I was extraordinarily depressed when Justice Kennedy announced his retirement". But four Democrats from states Trump won in 2016 voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago, leaving the Republicans room for error.
Meanwhile, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network said it will launch a $1.4 million ad buy in four states - Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia - introducing the nominee in a favorable light. Doug Jones, a Democrat, or inflicting political damage on him in his reelection campaign in 2020. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) are waiting until after Trump announces his nominee before revealing how they will vote.
At a White House ceremony announcing the pick, Trump described Kavanaugh as a man of "impeccable credentials" and a "true thought leader among his peers". Graham said on "Fox News Sunday". "Casey's willingness to oppose any nominee off of a list that includes judges he has previously voted for shows he will oppose President Trump at all costs, even when doing so makes him look like a partisan hack".
Kavanaugh told the president Monday night as he took the microphone to accept his nomination that he was "grateful to you" and "humbled by your confidence in me". "Let's say it's the four people ... they're excellent, every one". Regardless of his choice, it's likely that the closely divided Senate will be holding a momentous confirmation vote just weeks before the midterm election.
All of the candidates were on a list of 25 names released by the president in November.
The President made the announcement Monday in a prime-time televised address, calling Kavanaugh a person with "a proven commitment to equal justice under the law". She is a well-known conservative whose past comments on abortion drew attention at her Senate confirmation hearing. But in terms of selecting his nominee, the president said he would not use Roe v. Wade as a litmus test for a nominee.
As the hour of Trump's announcement neared, some Republicans were still taking to the airwaves to make the case for their favored candidate.
Republicans effectively control 50 Senate seats because Sen. "And I believe this person will do a great job", he said. Trump says his list of potential judges was compiled by highly respected conservatives and Republican Party leadership.
President Donald Trump points before boarding Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 8, 2018, en route to Washington from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. His working-class roots - he drove a taxi during his days as a law student at Georgetown University - have been cited as a plus inside the White House, along with his conservative rulings.
Democrats are still stinging from Republicans refusing to even grant a hearing to President Barack Obama's choice to serve on the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland.
The choice was down to four people, he said, adding that "you can't go wrong" with any of them.
Mr. Leo said the judges on the president's shortlist are "extraordinarily distinguished people".
"You want judges on the court who understand that the best way to preserve freedom and dignity, and prosperity in this country is to have people who are going to interpret the Constitution as it's written and not play politics when they're judges".