Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Trump's SCOTUS nominee could make or break the Missouri Senate race

Trump's SCOTUS nominee could make or break the Missouri Senate race

"This is a nightmare for red-state Democrats to oppose a highly qualified nominee, and all four of these people are highly qualified-been on the court, know what they're doing, mainstream judges", Mr.

"I've never seen a president of the United States in effect make himself a puppet of outside groups and choose from a group of right-wing fringe ideologues that are prepared on this list", the CT lawmaker said on ABC just moments after Leo's interview. I think they're all outstanding.

"It is extraordinary", Blumenthal said.

Trump is set to announce his nominee to fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy in a prime-time televised address Monday. On Sunday there was no indication that he had yet made his decision, as speculation continued to swirl around the appointment.

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"I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump said as he prepared to leave New Jersey, according to White House pool reports. In the presidential debates he vowed to appoint only justices committed to "automatically" overturning Roe v Wade, the precedent which affirmed abortion as legal until the age of viability of the fetus, normally put at 23 or 24 weeks of pregnancy. "And I think we can take this call to action to the American people, take our case to them". Richard Blumenthal, Democratic senator from CT, told ABC's This Week that it posed a fundamental threat to abortion rights.

Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them". "If you're a conservative Republican, the four people named, particularly Thomas Hardiman, I'm glad he's on the list, are all winners, and every Republican should embrace these picks".

Leonard Leo, a leader of the conservative Federalist Society who is advising President Donald Trump on his Supreme Court pick, said Sunday it's a mystery whether one of the job's finalists would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. "They want. voting rights and gay rights and other rights to be not only preserved, but also enhanced".

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