Before his election to the Senate, Kyl served in the U.S. House from 1987 to 1995.
The front-runners are conservative federal circuit court judges Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, and Raymond Kethledge, according to people who are assisting the president with the nomination process or are familiar with the process.
FreedomWorks, the conservative advocacy group, issued a statement applauding Trump for choosing Judge Kavanaugh.
Trump hailed Kavanaugh as "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time" when announcing his nomination.
"We are urging people to do events in-district at Senate offices", said Elizabeth Beavers, the associate policy director of Indivisible, which is helping to organize the activities, which include a silent protest in Bangor, Maine and a letter-writing effort in Reno, Nevada. During that time, he developed broad views on executive power. Of the court's liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month, so Trump may well get another opportunity to cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he thinks Trump is "worried" Mueller will try to subpoena him and take other actions to advance the Russian Federation probe.
Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment.
Kavanaugh is a favorite of the GOP legal establishment, and his arrival as President Donald Trump's nominee was greeted on Capitol Hill with praise from Republicans and skepticism from Democrats. "But in terms of the man now before us, Brett Kavanaugh is a true intellectual-a leading thinker and writer on the subjects of statutory interpretation and federal courts; an incomparable mentor-someone who picks law clerks of all backgrounds and viewpoints; and a fair-minded jurist who believes in the rule of law".
It is not yet a done deal as the nominee must be confirmed by the US Senate, which Trump's Republican party narrowly controls by 51-49.
Last night he confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as his choice for the court in a move that has anxious liberals and womens' groups.
As how Kavanaugh would rule on the highest court, perhaps the most encouraging evidence comes from a speech he delivered past year to the American Enterprise Institute on the legal philosophy of the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, whom he called "my first judicial hero".
The state of play: The polls shows three Democratic senators are poised to lose their seats to Republicans - Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota, Bill Nelson in Florida and Joe Donnelly in Indiana.
They are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to wait until after the November election to schedule a hearing and vote.
This issue may not get as much buzz as abortion or health care, but it's probably the one that's directly relevant to Trump.
Kyl retired from the Senate seat now occupied by Jeff Flake in 2013 and has been working for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.
On the D.C. Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh sided with Priests for Life against the Obama administration's contraception mandate, but also suggested the government has a "compelling interest in facilitating access to contraception for the employees of.religious organizations".
Former New Hampshire Sen.
The White House hopes his close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for Trump's eventual selection to win confirmation. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania.
The crux of the conservative disagreement over Kavanaugh's Obamacare record comes from a single decision in 2011. Some noted that the crowd in front of the Supreme Court building had gotten very hostile at times after the announcement.
Ms Collins has said she will not vote for any candidate who threatens abortion rights.