President Trump Narrows It Down To Two Judges

10 July, 2018, 06:24 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • President Trump Narrows It Down To Two Judges

The nomination, if confirmed by the Senate, would represent one of the most consequential decisions of Trump's presidency.

President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee Monday night, in a primetime televised event.

Because of the Supreme Court - and because of the court's power to restrict abortion, the utmost issue to many evangelical and Catholic voters who view an abortion as the killing of a human being - these evangelicals have put up with many aspects of Trump's candidacy and administration that they might otherwise have found distasteful, including his three marriages and his reported affair with a porn star; his numerous alleged sexual assaults and his on-tape statement about grabbing women's genitals; and his policy, now reversed, of separating children from their parents at the USA border.

He also worked in the solicitor general's office in the George H.W. Bush administration before clerking for recently retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Donald Trump is scheduled to announce his pick to replace retiring Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy tonight. McConnell said Kavanaugh believes judges should ignore their personal and political views and simply "interpret our laws as they are written". Of the court's liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month, so Trump may well get another opportunity to cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come. Hardiman, 52, who was also appointed by Bush, serves on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

As of Monday morning, Trump was still deciding among Judges Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett.

The GOP's focus on the judiciary has been sharpened by their narrow 51-49 Senate majority, which has made passing legislation hard. Trump's aides have prepared briefing books and booked television spots for his pick, anticipating that they'd have little time to spare between his decision and the reveal, sources tell ABC News.

What is nearly certain - and those across the political spectrum agree - is that Kavanaugh's selection will spark a major confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority and opposition Democrats say they will fight to prevent the high court from swinging further to the right.

MCCAMMON: Right. She's seen as very conservative, very popular with the base. "I knew we would have two or three Supreme Court justices that could turn the tide of the culture of our nation", he said. They see him as too pragmatic and have painted him as the kind of nominee who could betray conservatives.




Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Kavanaugh "a superb choice" and said senators would start meeting with him this week.

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

Trump is scheduled to announce a nominee at 9 p.m. Monday.

Democrats plan a confrontation centered on abortion and healthcare, hoping to either scuttle the nomination process completely or delay it until after November in the hope of winning extra seats in the Senate to force Trump to compromise.

According to the DC Circuit Court website, Kavanaugh volunteers, attends church, and coaches sports in the Washington, DC area, where he was born and raised.

Donald Trump has named Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the United States supreme court, lighting the fuse of an acrimonious political battle and potentially setting the court on a more conservative course for decades to come.

The coming battle over a Supreme Court nominee promises to be a bruising one. Democratic senators running for re-election in states Trump carried in 2016 will face pressure to back his nominee.

Leo said Hardiman of Pennsylvania and Kethledge of MI are "a little bit less known by conservatives". Liberal groups have geared up to protect Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that upheld women's rights to an abortion, from being overturned. Before joining the federal court, Hardiman practiced law in Pittsburgh.

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