SUPREME SHOWDOWN: Trump Creates CONFIRMATION Team as the Left Vows to Fight

"Those are people who are under very serious consideration, two of them as you know are people who throw the process to some extent", Leo said. "But in the end, I'm confident we'll get the judge confirmed".

The Trump administration created a "confirmation team" Monday to help the President's Supreme Court nominee make his or her way through Congress as liberal lawmakers vowed to fight the President's pick tooth and nail.

The White House said Monday that White House Counsel Don McGahn will oversee the selection process and deputy press secretary Raj Shah is taking a leave of absence to work on the confirmation full time.

Trump said a year ago he'd asked for input from the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation on potential Supreme Court justices; Casey called them "hard-right organizations".

Republicans presently have a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, and despite the vocal protests by Democrats and others, a simple majority vote is likely for the next justice.

Over the weekend, President Trump told Fox News he would "probably not" ask his nominee about how they would vote on the abortion law. Given the reported options Mr. Trump is now considering, the answer is obvious: Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "All they can do is obstruct and resist", Trump said.

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McGahn will lead the overall selection and confirmation process, the White House said Monday, repeating the role he played in the successful confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year.

Democrats have begun to mobilize their supporters around the abortion issue while Republicans have begun to to downplay the significance of replacing Kennedy.

"Well, if we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that's really what's going to be - that will happen", Trump said during the final debate of the 2016 presidential election.

And if the votes result in a tie, Vice President Pence will hold the tie-breaking vote-and his anti-abortion stance is well-known. Both Chief Justice John Roberts and Gorsuch, Trump's first pick to the high court, have indicated more broadly that they respect legal precedent.

The Maine senator did vote for Trump's previous Supreme Court pick, now-Justice Neil Gorsuch, saying on CNN that - contrary to popular opinion - she did not believe Gorsuch would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Even though McConnell changed Senate rules previous year to allow confirmation by simple majority, if Democrats hold together, he can not afford defections. He added that the five included two women. "You could be a woman and not be fair minded".

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