Local expert speaks about Trump's Supreme Court pick

Local expert speaks about Trump's Supreme Court pick

"Casey's willingness to oppose any nominee off of a list that includes judges he has previously voted for shows he will oppose President Trump at all costs, even when doing so makes him look like a partisan hack".

Calling Trump's Supreme Court nomination an "honor and privilege", Kavanaugh addressed a crowd in the White House's East Room alongside his wife and two daughters.

Trump plans to announce his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy during prime time Monday night.

President Donald Trump has announced U.S. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his second U.S. Supreme Court justice pick less than two years into his presidency. 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.

Kavanaugh, 53-years-old, sits on the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. While Trump hasn't named any specific contenders yet, it's widely believed that he is choosing between four federal appeals court judges-Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett, and Thomas Hardiman.

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The GOP's focus on the judiciary has been sharpened by their narrow 51-49 Senate majority, which has made passing legislation hard. As a woman and mother, she could upend the narrative pushed by Democrats that Trump's pick would erode women's rights.

"The far right has total control of the Congress, they have total control of the administration, now they want total control of the judiciary, and I'm just not going to allow that to happen and I'm going to keep fighting against it", he said.

Trump's approach to naming a new Supreme Court justice has unnerved some Democrats. Jon Tester of Montana - told reporters on Monday that he was not invited to the White House for Monday's ceremony, but added he's open to voting to one of the nominees.

"Tomorrow I begin meeting with members of the Senate", he said.

Back then, Trump's decision to summon both men to Washington, and his primetime TV special reveal seemed to shock some TV news talking heads and Supreme Court scholars not familiar with reality-TV tropes.

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A group of Democratic senators from Republican-leaning states - lawmakers who could be pivotal in the confirmation fight - declined Trump's invitation to attend the White House announcement. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Dianne Feinstein of California. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington.

Hardiman serves on the same court as Maryanne Barry Trump, which is based in Philadelphia. Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states. John McCain. The defection of one Republican would kill the nomination unless at least one Democrat votes yes. Kennedy sometimes joined the liberal justices on key rulings on divisive social issues like abortion and gay rights, a practice his replacement may not duplicate.

Trump's made-for-TV announcement mirrored his January selection of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, are pro-abortion and have said they would vote against a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

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