Nearly minutes after President Donald Trump announced he would pick Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) pledged to fight the nomination. He added: "There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving". The nominee is also subjected to questioning by senators who usually present hypothetical facts about prospective litigation and ask how the person might vote.
"It's a shame that Hardiman, a respected federal judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit - and apparently highly recommended by Trump's federal judge sister- had to be part of this circus again", Law&Crime's Rachel Stockman said.
Broadcast networks scrambled to clear room on their primetime schedules at 9 PM in order to cover Trump's announcement, ABC interrupting summer reality TV workhorse The Bachelorette, to carry Survivor: Scotus.
President Donald Trump made his final decision to nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday night. He also thanked his parents, present in the audience. He is a fine husband, father, and friend-and a man of the highest integrity.
During his tenure, he has clearly established a judicial philosophy that the personal beliefs of individuals should dictate the lives of others.
"For judges, there is a natural and understandable inclination to decide these weighty and historic constitutional questions", Kavanaugh wrote. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania - up for re-election - says he'll be opposed.
His wife and two daughters, Margaret and Liza, were present. He then introduced Kavanaugh, who shook hands with Trump before standing with his wife and two daughters.More news: Who is Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee?
From the other side of the aisle, Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said that Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh "shows his commitment to selecting judges who are themselves committed to this restraint".
He said "other than matters of war and peace this is the most important decision a president will make", because of the institution's role in protecting the "crown jewel of our republic, the constitution". I believe an independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our republic. "He will make a superb Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States".
Before that, he was involved in the 1993 Vince Foster death investigation and assisted the Kenneth Starr investigation of President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. That decision was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court this year in a landmark ruling.
The coming battle over a Supreme Court nominee promises to be a bruising one.
"President Trump is now a subject of an ongoing criminal investigation, and any nomination of a Supreme Court justice while that investigation continues is unacceptable because of the clear conflict of interest inherent in the President installing someone who could be the deciding vote on a number of potential issues from that investigation that could come before the Court", Booker added.
"McConnell has said he does not want a SCOTUS battle in an election year", one source briefed on McConnell's comments to a variety of people around Washington, including at least one journalist whom the Senate Majority Leader spoke with off the record ahead of Monday's announcement.
Trump plans to announce Monday that he has selected the 53-year-old federal appellate judge for the seat opened up by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.
But it is Kavanaugh who has been the focus of much of the lobbying, both for and against him.
As a candidate, Trump vowed to appoint judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade. This is President Trump speaking to reporters Sunday.