Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump announces Supreme Court pick

Trump announces Supreme Court pick

He is also former law clerk to Kennedy, as is Kethledge.

If as expected Trump nominates someone firmly to the right, conservatives could dominate the court for years. Republicans meanwhile are lobbying the White House on behalf of their preferred candidate.

Many American Catholics likely supported Kennedy's positions. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written".

Relishing the guessing game beyond the White House gates, Trump had little to say about his choice.

Trump promised Sunday to choose an "exceptional person" for the post, but some Democrats were already signalling blanket opposition. But based on various media reports from the weekend and Monday, Court watchers are focused on the following four current federal judges, listed in alphabetical order, as replacements for the recently retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. The White House prepared briefing materials on all four. But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

Some Republican senators had favored other options. Others have expressed concern about how Kavanaugh would vote on cases related to the health care law. Sen.

The White House invited a number of senators to attend the Monday night announcement. But Senate Democrats held up his confirmation for three years, accusing him of being a Bush political operative.

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.

Conservative on firearms and election financing, Kennedy could be more progressive on issues such as abortion and affirmative action. At the top of that list is abortion.

"It is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be", explains The Federalist Society's website. As an appeals court judge, Kethledge authored several notable opinions, including one that upheld the death penalty against a suspect who murdered a woman on federal land and a case in OH that questioned whether private citizens can sue the state for failing to enforce pollution controls.

On one front he has been clear, however - while he admires Kavanaugh's credentials, he is also concerned by his work in the Bush administration.

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A graduate of Yale and Yale Law, he also was a member of Kenneth Starr's independent counsel team that investigated President Bill Clinton.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer promised to opposed Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything he has. Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an appellate judge from Maryland who has ruled against Obamacare and abortion rights in the past. Democrats are voicing alarm about what the new justice could mean for charged issues such as abortion rights and gay rights.

Republicans are eager for conservatives to gain a firm majority on the court.

While the president has been pondering his pick, aides have been preparing for a tough confirmation fight. He said Sunday that he hoped to have made a decision by noon Monday. Jon Kyl would guide Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process.

Before retiring in 2013, Kyl was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will be the first to consider the nomination.

But that element of his record is among the reasons that some Republicans in Congress are concerned about a confirmation hearing in the Senate.

Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who opposes abortion, announced on Monday he can not support a process that involved Trump's picking from a list of 25 candidates selected by conservatives and big business. He called it the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp".

Elected officials in NY, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Sen.

Senator John McCain tweeted praise for Kavanaugh's nomination.

After about 30 minutes, some of the protesters, including Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams, were arrested.

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