Trump made the announcement in a prime-time address from the White House, urging the Senate to confirm his nominee. But the president in recent days seemed to narrow his shortlist for the court down to two other appellate judges, Brett Kavanaugh and Thomas Hardiman. The campaign follows an earlier one from the organization-entitled "Another Great Justice" and costing seven figures-that was launched the day after Justice Kennedy announced his retirement. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, said she would review Kavanaugh's writings on and off the bench and "pay careful attention" to the answers he gives during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Kavanaugh's confirmation will run through the Senate, prompting the endorsement from Cashman, Bidwill and several of their Georgetown Prep alumni.
The coming battle over a Supreme Court nominee promises to be a bruising one.
"Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law", Trump said.
Still, Trump has recounted how close he came to selecting Hardiman, who was recommended by the president's sister and sometime confidante, retired federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry.
Trump also met with Republican Sens.
Democrats are certain to press Mr Trump's latest nominee on the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that legalised abortion nationwide. McConnell said Kavanaugh believes judges should ignore their personal and political views and simply "interpret our laws as they are written".
Despite Trump's effort to tighten legal immigration rules to prevent not only fraud, but to keep Americans safe, Bier said the new restrictions are too costly for newcomers:McConnell has, in private conversations, said he is pushing Trump to pick Kethledge for the slot because he thinks Kethledge's positions in contravention of the GOP base on certain issues like immigration would make him an easily-confirmed nominee in an election year. Members of the ME congressional delegation weighed in shortly after the 9 p.m. announcement.
But there may be more to Trump's choice than just support for Kavanaugh's alleged judicial independence.
Unlike presidents or members of Congress, however, Supreme Court justices in the United States do not have terms - they usually serve until they resign or die, giving presidents who select them a judicial legacy sometimes lasting decades beyond their terms in office.
Most Republicans are expected to support Kavanaugh, while most Democrats will nearly certainly vote against him. Kavanaugh would be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was.
Conservatives will focus on moderate Democrats running for re-election in Trump country, such as Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin.
"He can still recite the section and seat numbers of the upper deck seats his dad had at RFK (Stadium) for the Redskins", said Travis Lenkner, a former Kavanaugh law clerk, of the Washington Redksins' home field until 1997. If confirmed, Kavanaugh is likely to be a reliable conservative vote who could weaken or imperil abortion rights, beef up support on the court for capital punishment and clamp down on the power of regulatory agencies.
Kavanaugh wrote that the Supreme Court has found that handguns - "the vast majority of which today are semi-automatic" - are constitutionally protected.
"We look forward to supporting Kavanaugh throughout the confirmation process".
"Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an very bad lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeal", said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution.
Sen. Susan Collins of ME is one of two Republican senators who support abortion rights and is facing pressure from the left to oppose Kavanaugh.
Any of the candidates on Trump's short list would probably move the court to the right.