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

GOP ex-Sen. Jon Kyl will be the 'Sherpa' for SCOTUS nominee

GOP ex-Sen. Jon Kyl will be the 'Sherpa' for SCOTUS nominee

The president will unveil his choice from the White House at 9 p.m. EDT.

In choosing Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, Trump went with a well-credentialled Washington insider who compiled a long record as a reliable conservative and won the respect of White House lawyers and the outside groups that advise them. A conservative will tip the balance of the court for the first time in decades, and that puts Democrats in a bind. As a woman and mother, she could upend the narrative pushed by Democrats that Trump's pick would erode women's rights.

The National Republican Senate Committee issued a quick criticism of Casey's announcement. He is a Democrat from Vermont.

MARTIN: NPR's Sarah McCammon joins us now in studio to talk about the president's choice.

Thank you so much for being with us, Senator Leahy.

He says he will fight the nomination "with everything I have". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also received a heads-up from the president. This is President Trump speaking to reporters Sunday. "Let's just say it's the four people".

On average, for Supreme Court nominees who have received hearings, the hearing occurred 39 days after the nomination was formally submitted, according to the Congressional Research Service. But I'm very close to making a decision.

The president and White House officials involved in the process have fielded calls and messages and have been on the receiving end of public pleas and op-eds for or against specific candidates since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer.

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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 previous year. This is not a game show. It's not an arm of the White House.

The battle for Senate confirmation of Trump's Supreme Court pick is likely to be one of the most intense. I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here.

President Trump is reportedly considering four potential nominees. They've been vetted by conservative groups. It's about what [direction] the United States of America is going to chart as its course in the future on this Supreme Court. I mean, I've argued cases in courts - state courts, federal courts, others. I've always gone in there assuming that the judge - he's going to make up their mind based on the facts and what they hear, not based on a political litmus test requires.

MARTIN: So the announcement is expected tonight, if it's not leaked beforehand, which has been known to happen. What's the litmus test? "And so I am pretty, pretty excited", said Cornyn. "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". But we know the list of names.

Hardiman, who was runner-up to Neil Gorsuch as the president's Supreme Court pick a year ago, made a comeback on Trump's shortlist this weekend in part because of the president's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who serves with Hardiman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. "You can't go wrong". While that argument won't sway Republicans, their strategy could stiffen Democratic resolve to oppose the nominee.

Leonard Leo, who is on leave from the Federalist Society and has been advising Trump over the court nomination, said he assumes Kavanaugh, Barrett, Hardiman and Kethledge "are the four" who are getting the most focus. For lawmakers who are not on the Judiciary Committee, it may be their only chance to talk with the nominee personally before a final vote.

LEAHY: Every senator has to determine what he or she wants to do. This kind of fear mongering they've tried over and over again for 40 years.

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