The official spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the official announcement.
If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace Justice Kennedy, who served on the bench for 30 years and was appointed to the position by President Ronald Reagan.
"The bottom line, [Kavanaugh] will be a justice who will understand the employer's perspective, and I don't think it will be a significant change from Justice Kennedy in that regard", said Steven Suflas, a management-side attorney at Ballard Spahr law firm who argued a case before Kavanaugh.
His mother was also a judge.
The director did not mention how Mr. Kavanaugh's 12 years on the USA appeals court failed to draw the attention of doomsday activists until now.
Kavanaugh's views on schools and religious liberty are among those being scrutinized by supporters and opponents as the Senate prepares to consider his nomination to the high court. "I think we should have the hearings; let's lay out the facts".
"I do not ask about a nominee's personal opinions", Trump said Monday night. Since the mandate did not kick in until 2014, he wrote, the court could not render an opinion. But if Kavanaugh is Trump's choice, he likely would step away from pending cases.
The film recounted how US Chief Justice William Rehnquist swore her into office in 1993 after having demeaned RBG's arguments as a lawyer in the 1970s with wise cracks about whether they could just make her happy by putting famous women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony's face on an item of American currency along with former presidents.
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But three Democratic senators are facing tough reelection battles in red states, and their votes may be up for grabs, West Virginia's Joe Manchin, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp, and Indiana's Joe Donnelly.
So far, Democrats are uniting behind a strategy to turn the confirmation fight into a referendum on conservatives' efforts to undo abortion access, chip away at health care protections under the Affordable Care Act and protect Trump from Mueller.
The White House would love to have the Democrats' votes for confirmation.
Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, told Al Jazeera that his organisation's immediate call of action would be to "have its members across the USA express their views to senators in their states and urge them to oppose this nomination".
"We've got a few Democrats on Justice Gorsuch and we're hopeful that we'll have a few of them on this nomination as well", McConnell said during his weekly press availability. Members of the ME congressional delegation weighed in shortly after the 9 p.m. announcement.
In addition to working in the White House Counsel's office under Bush, Kavanaugh also worked for independent counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation into the death of Clinton aide Vince Foster and the Monica Lewinsky probe that led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment.
Schumer says the administration's action highlights the stakes for senators. While Trump was reportedly already interested in Kavanaugh before that discussion with Kennedy, the retiring jurist's recommendation helped seal the deal. When "Notorious RBG" said that at her 1993 confirmation hearing, Democrats cheered.
But one of their prime targets, Sen. Chuck Schumer and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Also, they might win the House of Representatives this November. "We have one justice and dozens of judges appointed due to their proven hostility to civil rights".