Aggressive lobbying push as Trump nears choice for Supreme Court pick

Larry Hoffman
July 5, 2018

Kavanaugh wrote a widely-cited pro-gun rights dissent in the first major appellate Second Amendment case after the landmark 2009 District of Columbia v. Heller Supreme Court decision in which, much like Justice Antonin Scalia, he extensively relied on the original public meaning of the "right of the people to keep and bear arms".

President Trump has begun interviewing possible nominees for the Supreme Court seat that will become open when Justice Anthony Kennedy retires at the end of the month. The 1973 ruling legalized abortion across America. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he plans to vote on the nominee in October.

Judges on the list were selected by Trump and White House counsel Don McGahn on the strength of their conservative credentials, which appear in all cases to include an opposition to abortion rights and skepticism over same-sex marriage and other gay rights.

"Raj Shah will oversee communications, strategy and messaging coordination with Capitol Hill allies", Sanders said in her statement. He has often served as a swing vote between the court's liberal and conservative justices. In another Sunday morning interview, Collins said she would not support a Trump nominee who she believed would support overturning Roe v. Wade.

Trump has said that he will announce his choice next Monday. Eighty percent of Democrats opposed Trump nominating a judge who would make abortion illegal and 66 percent of independents said the same.

She went on, saying, "A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don't want to see a judge have, and that would indicate to me a failure to respect precedent, a fundamental tenant of our judicial system".

"They're going to get beaten so badly", Trump said. The three face re-election in November in states that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election. They were the only Democrats to do so. I do not see Roe v. Wade being overturned.

"The dogma lives loudly within you and that's a concern", Feinstein said, "when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years in this country". "It's clearly precedent, and I always look for judges who respect precedent". Using that number for Trump's appointment, the average age of Republicans could drop to 60.6 years, making the conservative side of the bench more than 10 years younger, on average, than the liberal side.

Kaine said those groups are well within their rights to stake out their strongly held beliefs against abortion, but said the law is a separate argument. "Well, maybe someday it will be to the states".

"I think the person that is chosen will be outstanding", he said.

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