Trump Narrows SCOTUS Choices To Three

Trump Narrows SCOTUS Choices To Three

The four likeliest choices are said to be appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

President Trump will announce his second Supreme Court nominee on Monday July 9th. They will pull out all the stops to accelerate the politicization of the Supreme Court - but they will have to go through me first.

"I remind my Republican friends that Justice Neil M. Gorsuch also served in the George W. Bush administration, yet I do not recall conservatives using that as an excuse to question his commitment to the rule of law or to conservative principles", Gonzales wrote.

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Kavanaugh's allies have begun pushing back, reaching out to influential Republicans to ward off potential criticisms, according to one conservative who was the recipient of such outreach and spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday to discuss the situation. "I have it down to four people, and I think, of the four people, I have it down to three or two", he told reporters. Susan Collins of ME, two relative centrists who have expressed concern over the dismantling of abortion rights in the U.S.

Trump a year ago appointed conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to take a seat that the Republican-led U.S. Senate, which must confirm nominees to the high court, had prevented Democratic former President Barack Obama from filling in 2016 following the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

Kethledge serves on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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In his op-ed, Cruz said most presidents are forced to gamble on a Supreme Court nominee that they do not truly know, someone who has spent a lifetime outside the public eye and who might bend to pressure in Washington once on the high court.

Trump, he added, is expected to announce his pick on Monday or sooner. While no one knows for sure how each of the president's candidates will vote on certain issues, Carolyn Shapiro, a Supreme Court expert with Kent College of Law, said overturning Roe v. Wade may be a safe bet based on how Trump came up with his list of nominees.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, a longtime Washington insider, worked for Ken Starr during the Whitewater investigation of President Bill Clinton. "Go about my business", as he told the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing a year ago. But Collins said she also wouldn't blindly vote to confirm someone she thinks is unworthy in other respects - even if he or she supports Roe v. Wade. Roberts expressed concern about the "onslaught on women's access to abortion" that could occur were a conservative justice to take Kennedy's place. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Additionally, three Democrats - including Donnelly and Manchin - supported Barrett when Trump nominated her to the bench past year. "And that's exactly what happened today", she said. Like Donnelly, she also met with Trump after Kennedy's retirement, where they discussed the court vacancy, which was right after Trump railed against her during a rally in North Dakota with her challenger, Rep. Kevin Cramer.

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