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But the president has also been impressed by Kavanaugh, the most experienced judge on the list, having penned almost 300 decisions on the second-most-powerful court in the country; as well as Barrett, a devout Catholic, who has become a hero of religious conservatives after having her membership in a conservative religious organization questioned by Sen.

Hours before Trump was to name his nominee, the White House announced Monday that Kyl would serve as the potential justice's "sherpa" - a guide throughout the process. Eastern Time on Monday.

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Trump has moved quickly to make a nomination while Republicans hold a bare majority in the Senate, which needs to approve the appointment. "This is a nightmare for red-state Democrats, to oppose a highly qualified nominee and all four of these people are highly qualified", he added.

John Cornyn will be in the room when the president reveals his choice.

"They're good judges", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press". "But this is really about the process and whether or not the corporate right is going to be in charge of picking the Supreme Court in a seat, in a nomination that's likely to tip the scales substantially".

While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight.

MARTIN: NPR's Sarah McCammon joins us now in studio to talk about the president's choice. Ten Democrats from states that Trump won are up for re-election this fall and will be under tremendous pressure to back the president's nominee.

Last week I was told Trump had essentially narrowed the list down to two: Kavanaugh and 6th Circuit Judge Raymond Kethledge.

Some conservative activists in recent days had launched a campaign against Kavanaugh, complaining about his past ties to the George W. Bush administration and previous rulings that were not hard-line enough for their taste. But a couple of concerns have arisen. The opinion, written for a three-judge panel, was eventually overturned by the full court.

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Trump says Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials and unsurpassed qualifications". The issue was her involvement with a mostly Catholic, conservative religious group called People of Praise. Susan Collins said she wouldn't support a nominee hostile to the court's precedent in Roe v. Wade - and the conservative Barrett has expressed a willingness to reverse precedent she sees as wrongly decided. And Feinstein's question was criticized as anti-Catholic.

I look forward to making an announcement soon so that we can further strengthen and protect liberty and justice for all. Dianne Feinstein previous year during her confirmation hearing to the federal bench. She's just been a federal judge for about a year.

MARTIN: So who's left on the president's short list? Over the previous year, Justice Gorsuch has embodied the most sacred principles of the court, making impartial decisions based upon the Constitution.

The White House has tapped former Republican Sen. He's been vetted before.

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Roy Blunt of Missouri said Sunday that they believe any of the top four contenders could get confirmed by the GOP-majority Senate. He's an evangelical Christian, has a long judicial record, no real controversy on Capitol Hill.

Trump has been uncharacteristically circumspect about what he is thinking as the process has unfolded.

MCCAMMON: Well it's something he needs to think about, for sure.

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He has ordered the DOJ and the ACLU to continue to work together to locate parents who have been scattered around the US and world to make the other reunifications happen quickly. Whoever is picked will face opposition from Democrats.

MCCAMMON: Yeah, 9 Eastern time tonight is when the White House says the news will be coming out. He's going to Brussels for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in the middle of the week.

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