Trump nears decision on replacement for Supreme Court

10 July, 2018, 03:46 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI  AFP

That could be a problem for Kethledge if what Trump really meant was that he wants an Ivy Leaguer, like the rest of the high court.

"They're all very conservative", Hasen said of federal judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, and Amy Coney Barrett, whose names are most often cited as being at the top of the president's list to fill the seat being vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump plans to announce his choice the night of Monday, July 9.

Top contenders Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh.

Conservatives and some libertarian-leaning Republicans, including Paul, have raised concerns about Kavanaugh, warning he could disappoint Republicans if his past decisions are a guide. Rand Paul of Kentucky, about the process. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Democrats may have to flip only one vote during the confirmation process in the U.S. Senate, assuming the party stands together, Anne Lofaso said. Any GOP defections could begin to doom a nominee.

A person with knowledge of the president's thinking said Sunday that Trump has not yet communicated a final choice. "Radical Left Takes The Reins", headlined an email aides to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sent reporters.

Falwell insisted only that Trump make his next selection from the list of prospective nominees he released before his election. IL law protects it. Trump conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates. He has not yet publicly indicated that he has narrowed the list and could still consider others in the mix. He's still taking input, making calls to Capitol Hill, the official said.

The president's standing with white evangelical Christians hit an all-time high in April when 75 percent of evangelicals held a favorable view of Trump, according to a poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute. The person did not specify which candidates Pence met with and spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday to describe the private search process.

Trump nominated Barrett, of IN, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit IN May 2017. She was appointed in 2017 by President Trump.

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Collins has said she would not back someone hostile to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established the right to abortion.

A Republican defection would turn the tables and focus attention on three Democrats seeking re-election in states that gave Trump landslides in 2016: Indiana's Joe Donnelly, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and North Dakotan Heidi Heitkamp. But in recent days the White House has seen the pressure ebb, as Kavanaugh's defenders - most recently Alberto Gonzales, who served as attorney general under President George W. Bush - have provided balance.

But he also had some advice: "Make sure you want it", Guy said he told Kethledge of a Supreme Court nomination, "because you have a very fine job right now".

Prior to his stint in the Bush White House, Kavanaugh, along with Kethledge, were law clerks for the outgoing Kennedy at different times in their careers.

Bush also nominated Kethledge, of MI, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in March 2017.

Mom-of-seven Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 46, a former Notre Dame law professor, became a right-wing heroine past year when she stood up to grilling from Senate Democrats over her religious faith.

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 past year.

Kennedy, who has served on the Supreme Court since 1988, has always been recognized as the institution's lone swing vote preventing either the conservative or liberal factions from becoming ascendant. Recognizing the stakes, many Democrats have lined up in opposition to any Trump pick, and Republican lawmakers and activists are seeking to shape the president's decision.

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