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

Trump Announces His Nominee to the Supreme Court

Trump Announces His Nominee to the Supreme Court

The president has also spoken with confidence about how his Supreme Court pick will work out.

Casey, who promotes himself as a moderate, relatively pro-life Democrat, could encounter reelection difficulties in the key swing state Trump carried in 2016 by unilaterally opposing the president's nominee. "Just 12 percent say it's not very or Not At All Important", the report said. "Every one, you can't go wrong". Barrett is a former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia. And Hardiman, the first in his family to graduate from college, has the kind of personal story that appeals to many Trump supporters. Dianne Feinstein a year ago during her confirmation hearing to the federal bench.

Anticipation was high on Capitol Hill in the hours leading up to the announcement.

The White House announced Monday that former Sen.

Then McConnell and other Republicans reminded Trump of another political goal: the confirmation path of least resistance.

Gelernt said that process was created to vet relatives other than parents who might care for children who crossed the border without a parent.

At a White House ceremony announcing the pick, Trump described Kavanaugh as a man of "impeccable credentials" and a "true thought leader among his peers". Democrats occupy 49 seats. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

This is Trump's second nominee to the court and gives him a chance to shape the court's direction for decades to come.

The battle for Senate confirmation of Trump's Supreme Court pick is likely to be one of the most intense. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told NPR's Morning Edition. "I look forward to meeting Judge Kavanaugh and hope for a fair confirmation process", Roberts said. She no longer hears cases. He is 51, and among all the reported shortlisters, he is the only non-Catholic. I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade. Barrett was appointed by Trump to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals previous year.

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Barrett has been somewhat dismissive of the notion of following Supreme Court precedents, the doctrine known as stare decisis. But he has offered little about his thinking.

On Sunday Leonard Leo, a Federalist Society official who has been advising Trump, added a fourth name: that of Thomas Hardiman, 53, a federal appeals court judge in Philadelphia.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said Trump's choice "could have a bigger effect on Americans' daily lives than any justice in our lifetime".

Hardiman went to Notre Dame and Georgetown.

By Monday Barrett, at 46 the youngest and the only woman of the four, was being widely discounted due to her relative inexperience and her strong views as a social and religious conservative.

The US Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter on contentious laws and disputes between states and the federal government.

In 2017, when Hardiman was last considered for a Supreme Court seat, he had the support of the president's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry. Raymond Kethledge is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit who has been dubbed "Gorsuch 2.0". That decision was later overturned. He's written 286 opinions, which is the most of any current judge under consideration.

He wrote a Minnesota law review article in 2009 arguing that presidents should be shielded from criminal investigations and civil lawsuits while in office.

Democrats want the Republicans to not vote until after the November election because they want to see if they can gain the majority. Ten Democrats from states that Trump won are up for re-election this fall and will be under tremendous pressure to back the president's nominee. "What we need to know is that anyone coming onto the Supreme Court is going to uphold the law of the land and particularly a woman's right to decide what happens to her own body". Doug Jones of Alabama. "And I believe this person will do a great job", Trump told reporters on Sunday afternoon after spending the weekend at his private golf club in New Jersey.

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