The stakes are sky high for filling the opening created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's imminent retirement.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Sunday President Trump is acting like a "puppet" for outside groups and claimed Trump is set to nominate a "fringe ideologue" to the Supreme Court.
Now key players in the appointment are reining back on the suggestion that the newly-composed court will target the pro-abortion ruling and re-criminalise the practice.
Before boarding Air Force One en route to Washington, Trump said he was considering four people and that of those under consideration, "you can't go wrong".
Leo said that it was impossible to predict the positions of any of the leading candidates for the seat on abortion.
"If you look at what the president said, which is he will nominate someone only if that person is committed to automatically overturn Roe v. Wade", Sen. Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states.
And Democrats can not even be sure of holding their line against Trump's pick.
Trump is known to have interviewed at least seven candidates for the post, all drawn from the Federalist Society longlist.
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Democratic leaders are targeting moderate Republicans, hoping to get them on their side of the battle.
The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), whose leaders pushed Justice Neil Gorsuch over the finish line previous year, are getting their war chests ready. Trump has been struggling with Kavanaugh's association with the Bush family, however, an issue the Post calls the "Bush factor".
The White House guest list for the Monday night announcement includes Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and another committee member, John Kennedy, R-La.
Yet the focus on abortion fails to do justice to the sweeping changes that could be unleashed over time by a solidly conservative court.
However, Graham believes that it doesn't matter who Trump picks because Democrats will vote against them. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) told ABC's "This Week". "I was not elected to genuflect to the hard right, who are funded by corporate America".
Blumenthal accused Trump of turning himself into a "puppet of outside groups" by choosing his nominee from "a group of rightwing fringe ideologues that have prepared this list".
Presidents weigh all sorts of considerations in deciding on a Supreme Court nominee, often beginning with the big question: Will the choice be confirmed by the Senate?
In return, Hogue said, senators should demand of the nominee in the course of the confirmation process that they give an affirmative declaration that they would uphold Roe v Wade.