President Trump announces Supreme Court pick

10 July, 2018, 02:23 | Author: Lillian Steele
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At her recent confirmation hearing, however, she said it was never permissible for judges to "follow their personal convictions in deciding a case".

"I suspect this is going to be a rough, tough, down in the dirt, ear-pulling, nose-biting fight", Kennedy said. That decision was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court this year in a landmark ruling. The opinion, written for a three-judge panel, was eventually overturned by the full court.

Trump is set to announce his choice Monday night.

"Remember, the President ran on the Supreme Court issue and that greatly enthused voters", Leonard Leo, who is now on leave from the Federalist Society, where he helped craft Trump's list of candidates, said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday. Jon Tester of Montana face the hard decision of whether to back Mr. Trump's nominee - which could help them win re-election, but at the cost of aggravating the Democratic Party's aggressive left wing. Without Republican defections, however, Senate rules leave Democrats with scant options to block confirmation of Trump's nominee. They're extreme anti-abortion folks.

Kavanaugh and Barrett had the inside track as of Thursday and Friday, as NPR first reported, but their supporters and opponents have gone after each other through the media and internally to the White House.

"An exceptional person will be chosen!"

Kennedy's exit has afforded Trump the opportunity to replace the frequent swing vote on the court with a reliable conservative judge and influence the judiciary for decades. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line.

Senators are trying to frame the debate before Trump's 9 p.m. announcement. But he did make his pick, according to a person who was not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity.

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Former Sen. Jon Kyl will guide President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee through the Senate confirmation process.

McConnell's office has stressed that it took about two months each to get Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Gorsuch through, and they warn Kavanaugh's background and work in Washington could slow confirmation.

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.

Former New Hampshire Sen.

While the U.S. Senate once required a 60-vote supermajority to overcome blocking tactics against Supreme Court nominees, the Republican majority changed the rules previous year during the debate on Justice Neil Gorsuch. That means President Trump should select anyone but Kethledge or Hardiman. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania - up for re-election - says he'll be opposed.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump cross the South Lawn upon arrival at the White House on July 8, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Bob Salera, a campaign spokesman for Senate Republicans, said Casey has "given up any pretense of being a moderate voice" by opposing Trump's nominee sight unseen. The new justice has the potential to entrench conservative control of the Supreme Court for years to come. The new ad brings their total investment to $2.4 million. Asked by reporters how many people were being considered, the president said: "Let's say it's the four people ... they're excellent, every one". Eastern announcement from the East Room of the White House.

The President is also said to be intrigued by Amy Coney Barrett, 46, whom he nominated to the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals, was a Notre Dame law professor and clerked for the late Antonin Scalia - the gold standard for conservatives in a Supreme Court nominee.

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