Trump Zeros in on Supreme Court Pick

08 July, 2018, 02:34 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Democrats’ court-packing talk is just crazy

He had dinner Friday night with Vice President Mike Pence, who has also been meeting with the finalists.

As the President vets candidates who could become his next Supreme Court justice nominee, Trump's level of comfort with each candidate is a key factor, according to Axios.

Trump said he knew that Kennedy was retiring six months before the justice made his exit public.

"The way we're looking at it is this: If we do a good enough job, we'll make it obvious enough that Collins or Murkowski will be the deciding vote on whether Roe v. Wade is overturned", one Democratic aide tells TIME, referring to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case on abortion.

However, compared to the other candidates on Trump's short list, Hardiman's overall ideological views are more moderate.

Asked to name the four candidates on his shortlist, Trump refused but reaffirmed that "I have it down to four".

And Trump is hearing out arguments for Kethledge, another former Kennedy clerk, and for Coney Barrett, a University of Notre Dame Law School professor who is being championed by some social conservatives, according to the advisers, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

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"I think the single best choice that President Trump could make to fill this vacancy is Sen".

Trump told reporters he did not expect to bring candidates in for interviews again when he headed to his New Jersey golf club this weekend. "But if you want to know why it is I have concerns, I can go on if you like".

"It's a great group of intellectual talent", Trump said. Citing a White House official, Axios reported that the person that Trump ultimately picks will be "who he feels most comfortable with in a personal setting".

Democrats say that a Barrett nomination would simplify the task of opposition research. "No matter who is in the White House, we Republicans must stand up for the sanctity of our democracy and the rule of law".

Debates over Kavanaugh's work with Bush and rulings he has made on health care and abortion continued to churn Thursday as critics urged the president to shy away from a judge with an establishment Republican pedigree.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, a longtime Washington insider, worked for Ken Starr during the Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton. Then previous year, Senate Democrats filibustered Neil Gorsuch forcing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to change the rules and now Trump's next pick will only require 50 votes to be confirmed.

Democrats and liberal groups are preparing an extensive campaign aimed at convincing moderate Republican senators that the vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee will determine the future abortion rights in America. Indeed, the divide between the two parties intensified during his time as majority leader, especially over the Iraq war and national security powers granted President George W. Bush's administration following the 9/11 attacks. On Wednesday, Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, reiterated that she could not vote for a nominee with a "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion.

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