Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Supreme jockeying ahead of Donald Trump’s prime-time reveal of court pick

Supreme jockeying ahead of Donald Trump’s prime-time reveal of court pick

Kethledge, a former Kennedy law clerk, has sat on the 6th Circuit since 2008 after being nominated by George W. Bush.

The president is said to have narrowed the field to Raymond Kethledge, Brett Kavanaugh, Thomas Hardiman and Amy Barrett.

"Justice Kavanaugh has the most experience but Justice Hardiman is the one that will get through the Senate more easily and he would bring better legal mind to the United States or in court than all four", Valentino told News10NBC.

Before boarding Air Force One en route to Washington, Trump said he was considering four people and that of those under consideration, "you can't go wrong".

During Trump's presidential campaign, he emphasized that he would appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court bench if he was elected.

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. In addition, she is the youngest of the leading candidates, and Trump has said he wants his nominee to serve for decades.

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The President said last week that of the winnowed group of four potential nominees he is now considering, "I have it down to three or two", and he will announce his decision Monday evening. At her recent confirmation hearing, however, she said it was never permissible for judges to "follow their personal convictions in deciding a case". Barrett, in her mid-40s, is a judge for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; she was nominated by Trump. The New York Times reported Sunday that Trump found Kethledge a little tiresome and anxious about his record on immigration.

Kethledge, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, is a former Kennedy clerk and a former in-house lawyer at Ford Motor Co.

Departing his New Jersey golf club on Sunday afternoon, Trump told reporters he was still making up his mind.

Such comments are likely to raise a red flag to moderate Republican senators like Susan Collins, R-Maine, who have said they would not vote for a nominee who has expressed doubts about overturning precedents when it comes to abortion and other long-standing Supreme Court decisions.

And Democrats can not even be sure of holding their line against Trump's pick. Let's say it's the four people. Barrett has already crossed swords with Democrats in her Senate confirmation hearing for her current job, when California Sen. He claimed that due to how dysfunctional the two parties were, it is unlikely that many Democrats would support a Trump nominee. Barry served alongside Hardiman as a federal appeals judge on the 3rd Circuit before stepping down a year ago. Kavanaugh worked in the administration of each President Bush and also for independent counsel Kenneth Starr in the investigation that eventually led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. We don't know who the nominee is going to be yet", Jones told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union. I'm open to voting no. "I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here and I expect we'll do that on sort of a normal timetable of a couple of months".

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