Sen. Kamala Harris plans to oppose Trump's Supreme Court nomination

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But Schumer and other Democrats based their opposition in large part on fears that Kavanaugh would band together with the court's four conservative justices to restrict abortion rights and further undermine the Affordable Care Act. "He is a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time".

Continuing from the podium Monday evening, Kavanaugh said that he was "deeply honored" to be nominated to serve as Kennedy's replacement - Kavanaugh served as a clerk for Kennedy in the past. The president has said he wants a nominee who could serve on the high court for decades. Some conservative activists have questioned whether he would rule sufficiently aggressively as a justice.

The president has already begun using the high court vacancy as a rallying cry as he campaigns for Republicans across the country. He was said to be the leading contender in the days after Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement. "Judge Kavanaugh clearly understands the proper role of a judge is to interpret the law as it is written and apply the law impartially".

FILE - U.S. President Donald Trump listens as Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks before swearing in Judge Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Supreme Court Justice at the White House in Washington, April 10, 2017.

Looking ahead to his confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh said, "I will tell each senator that I revere the Constitution".

He previously worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

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Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion.

"I have no doubt that many members of Congress and outside groups will announce how they stand on the nominee before doing their due diligence and instead just take a partisan stance-but that isn't how I work", her statement read. Republicans now control that number of Senate seats, although one of their number, Senator John McCain, is at home in Arizona battling cancer. He is hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year.

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Both were invited to the White House on Monday to participate in Trump's announcement, but they both declined the invitation. "He will make a superb Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States".

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens.

Republicans are eager for conservatives to gain a firm majority on the court.

Democrats are certain to press Trump's latest nominee on the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that legalised abortion nationwide, a decision some conservatives - particularly conservative Christians - have long wanted to overturn.

Democrats plan a confrontation centered on abortion and healthcare, hoping to either scuttle the nomination process completely or delay it until after November in the hope of winning extra seats in the Senate to force Trump to compromise.

While Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing will take place in the fall, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell already warned Trump that his nominee might have a hard confirmation battle over the other shortlisted candidates.

Groups that support abortion rights are planning a "Day of Action" for August 26, the anniversary of the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Trump has been struggling with Kavanaugh's association with the Bush family, however, an issue the Post calls the "Bush factor".

The president and White House officials involved in the process have fielded calls and messages and have been on the receiving end of public pleas and op-eds for or against specific candidates since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer. Trump pledged in 2016 that he would be "putting pro-life justices on the court".

Current justices range in age from Elena Kagan, 58, to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85.