Factors beyond youth, conservative cred in high court pick

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WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump headed into the weekend still undecided about whom he will pick for the Supreme Court, but people familiar with the process said they believe he is moving toward selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh ahead of a Monday announcement.

Multiple sources told Fox News that while Lee is on the president's broader list of 25 potential candidates he has vowed to choose from, he is not now under consideration to replace Kennedy. Larsen said she stepped aside even though she hadn't asked to be on Trump's list, had no prior notice that he had chosen her and had no contact with Trump or his campaign. Like Donnelly, she also met with Trump after Kennedy's retirement, where they discussed the court vacancy, which was right after Trump railed against her during a rally in North Dakota with her challenger, Rep. Kevin Cramer. The interviews comprised seven conversations - Trump talked to one candidate twice. "They are outstanding people, they are really incredible people in so many different ways, academically and every other way and I had a very, very interesting morning".

"We've had bad decisions overturned in the past", Beckwith said. Although the statement is undoubtedly accurate, it is likely to be seized on by supporters of abortion rights as they try to convince moderate Republican senators that Barrett might vote to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision declaring a woman's constitutional right to abortion. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen.

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The eventual nominee will only need 50 votes to be confirmed, thanks to rules adopted by Senate leadership in 2017.

Brett Kavanaugh, 53, now serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. He has two Yale degrees and first rose to prominence for his involvement in the investigation led by Ken Starr into then-President Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Judge Thomas Hardiman, the runner-up to Justice Neil Gorsuch, is still in the mix, though seen as fourth on the list.

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On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted: "Big decision will soon be made on our next Justice of the Supreme Court!" He is based in MI. "And I will devote all my energies to ensuring that we confirm the kind of Supreme Court justice America needs: a justice who says what the law is, not what she wants it to be; a justice who calls balls and strikes instead of swinging for the fences; a justice whose foremost allegiance is to the American people and to the Constitution". He remembers hoping Bush had settled on the other guy, Judge Emilio Garza of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, to fill Thurgood Marshall's seat on the high court. His wife, before they were married, served as personal secretary to President George W. Bush at the same time Kavanaugh was in the White House.

Trump, who conducted interviews with seven candidates earlier this week for the lifetime post on the top USA judicial body, is expected to announce his decision on Monday. At first, the Michigan Supreme Court justice thought something bad must have happened.

"We saw Sen. McConnell's extraordinary leadership at the time of Scalia's death - this is a continuation of that", he said. The stakes are certainly higher with a Supreme Court Justice, but her vote would go before all but one of the same Senators who just voted for her confirmation. Sixty votes are normally required to advance a bill, while judges can be confirmed with a simple majority. "I'm not even sure, whatever that means", Severino said.

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