Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Trump weighs top picks for Supreme Court amid last-minute maneuvering

Trump weighs top picks for Supreme Court amid last-minute maneuvering

Days before President Trump announced his choice of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats had vowed to oppose any nominee. He has experience in both the George W. Bush administration and the Justice Department, and now serves as a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals judge. "It's a decision that impacts not only today, not only us, but our children - our grandchildren, potentially". He is 51, and among all the reported shortlisters, he is the only non-Catholic.

The president made the remarks before boarding Air Force One in New Jersey Sunday, saying he is considering four candidates and can't go wrong with any of them. "It was more critical than any of the other issues that were surrounding the Trump campaign at that time".

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

"We have ample examples from the past several years of judges who have sworn in their confirmation hearings to respect precedent, and then reverse their stand once on the court", Schumer said on the Senate floor Monday, arguing that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch violated the precedents they said they would adhere to.

"The more the merrier", opined James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family.

"I'm open to voting yes". The court's senior liberal justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is 85.

Kennedy, 81, announced on June 27 plans to retire after three decades on the court, effective on July 31. They've advised him on this selection.

Trump has also favored Brett Kavanaugh, who has years of federal experience and is described as a mild-mannered and fair-minded by conservative groups.

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At least one Republican, Susan Collins , has said that she would not vote for a nominee who supports the overturning of Roe v. Her traditional Catholic beliefs became a flashpoint last September during her confirmation hearing in the Senate.

"He's a good man and I like him", Casey said of Hardiman.

What if the Supreme Court had term limits? But the Supreme Court was what got evangelicals on board.

President Donald Trump nominated Barrett, and the Senate confirmed her on October 31, 2017, to the federal bench. "I know it drove millions and millions of evangelicals, more than any other issue, to the polls for Donald Trump". Although the statement is undoubtedly accurate, it is likely to be seized on by supporters of abortion rights as they try to convince moderate Republican senators that Barrett might vote to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision declaring a woman's constitutional right to abortion.

Legal experts say his work on the D.C. Circuit bolsters his conservative credentials, but it also gives Democrats plenty of fodder on controversial topics in the looming confirmation fight such as a woman's access to abortion, gun rights, consumer protections and environmental regulations.

More liberal faith groups interpret religious liberty differently. If approved by the Senate, he would become the fifth conservative justice on the nation's highest court.

MCCAMMON: Right. She's seen as very conservative, very popular with the base. Gorsuch, who worked at the Justice Department in 2005 and 2006, had a smaller set of executive branch documents for review. "Religion is not monolithic in this country", she said.

Kavanaugh wrote that net neutrality was unlawful because it prevented internet service providers from controlling what type of content they provide to people, violating a company's First Amendment rights. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME were widely identified as the two lawmakers most likely to break with their party, given both their support of abortion rights, and the view that Kennedy's replacement had potential to be more conservative than he was in this regard.

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