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Kavanaugh, 53, was picked by former President George W. Bush to serve on the influential Washington-based appeals court in 2003.

Trump's selection will set up a confirmation showdown in the U.S. Senate, where his fellow Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.

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.

McConnell has said he hopes to have a justice in place by the opening of the court's new term in October, and it's possible that a voluminous paper trail could add more time to the review - or at least give Democrats a little more traction on efforts to delay the proceedings.

"I suspect this is going to be a rough, tough, down in the dirt, ear-pulling, nose-biting fight", Kennedy said. He was a runner-up previous year when Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

The president has spent the days leading up to his announcement discussing the pros and cons of the various options with aides and allies.

Leonard Leo, a former vice president of the Federalist Society who has advised Trump on judicial nominations, said his goal "has always been to find people to serve on the court who believe in the constitution as it's written". Momentum appeared to be with Kavanaugh and Hardiman, though the process remained fluid.

Barrett, who is 46, has less of a judicial record to review, having just been nominated to the appeals court by Trump previous year.

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Hardiman went to Notre Dame and Georgetown. And Hardiman, the first in his family to graduate from college, has the kind of personal story that appeals to many Trump supporters.

This will be the second time he has been able to choose a justice in the past 18 months. The position will be left vacant by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who had acted as the swing vote on many critical issues including abortion.

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when she was questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings previous year. He is an evangelical Christian whose book, Lead Yourself First, uses President Dwight Eisenhower, primatologist Jane Goodall, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr. and others as examples of "leaders who have used solitude to function more effectively".

The President said last week that of the winnowed group of four potential nominees he is now considering, "I have it down to three or two", and he will announce his decision Monday evening.

The only public statement this weekend out of the White House about the impending selection, was a tweet Saturday by the president.

Given GOP control of the Senate and the chamber's Republican leader Mitch McConnell's abolition of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations during the Gorsuch confirmation saga, any of the four is expected to have a strong chance of confirmation. Dick Durbin of IL on NBC's "Meet the Press" said Sunday.

Barrett, 46, is a former law clerk to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. "I think it's a bit of a scare tactic and rank speculation". They say the person would likely take strongly conservative views on issues like abortion and health care.

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