President Trump announces Supreme Court pick

President Trump announces Supreme Court pick

President Trump announces Supreme Court pick

Mitch McConnell is pushing for President Trump to nominate Kethledge or Hardiman to the Supreme Court.

Lat: Judge Barrett has stated that Roe is settled law, but she has said that in the context of being a circuit judge, a lower court judge below the tier of the Supreme Court.

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 past year during the debate on Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Raymond Kethledge of MI, who also has many high-profile supporters who see him as a positive alternative to the other three.

Leading Republican US senators also toured Sunday TV studios predicting that their party would stand united over the confirmation process, and warning Democratic senators from conservative "red" states won by Trump in 2016 that if they opposed the nomination they would have to answer to voters at the midterm elections in November. The ad is expected to feature an introductory bio on the president's yet-to-be-named Supreme Court nominee.

Cornyn spoke shortly after Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said any of Trump's likely nominees poses a threat to the Affordable Care Act and a woman's right to have an abortion.

President Trump said Sunday that he's "very close to making a final decision" on his nominee for the Supreme Court, adding that four people are on his final list: federal appellate court judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett, and Thomas Hardiman.

White House spokesman Raj Shah says the Arizona Republican "has agreed to serve as the Sherpa for the President's nominee to the Supreme Court".

Kavanaugh, 53, was first nominated to the appeals court by President George W. Bush in 2003.

Leonard Leo, a former vice president of the Federalist Society who has advised Trump on judicial nominations, said his goal "has always been to find people to serve on the court who believe in the constitution as it's written".

While Trump has already made one pick for the high court since taking office in January 2017, the vacancy left by Kennedy, announced late last month, has weightier implications.

But both senators voted to confirm Gorsuch, who would be expected by conservative activists to vote to return decisions about abortions to the states. Unlike the current Justices, Hardiman doesn't have an Ivy League law degree - a fact Trump said on the 2016 presidential campaign trail was a positive factor for a potential nominee if he became President. Three Democratic senators who voted for Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - are up for re-election IN states Trump won handily IN 2016. And Trump, as we know, has some distrust of so-called "Bushies". "I don't think my role is a rubber stamp for the President, but it's also not an automatic, knee-jerk no either", Jones said.

Trump is said to have particularly liked Hardiman's life story.

"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.

Any of the candidates on Trump's short list would probably move the court to the right.

During an interview with ABC News over the weekend, Democrat Senator Richard Blumenthal accused President Trump of being a "puppet" for allowing the conservative organizations to provide him with a list of qualified Supreme Court candidates. On Sunday there was no indication that he had yet made his decision, as speculation continued to swirl around the appointment.

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