SUPREME SHOWDOWN: Trump Teases 'EXCEPTIONAL' Court Pick

Randy Kelley
July 10, 2018

While the President's choice of Gorsuch to replace Scalia ensured the iconic conservative justice was replaced with another person highly regarded by conservatives, the vacancy created by Kennedy has given Trump the opportunity to replace a frequent swing vote with a conservative name.

Lat: Judge Barrett has stated that Roe is settled law, but she has said that in the context of being a circuit judge, a lower court judge below the tier of the Supreme Court. All three voted previous year to confirm Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil M. Gorsuch, and the White House invited them to meet with Trump last month to discuss the latest opening on the court.

Democrats girded for a fight as Trump kept up the suspense surrounding his shortlist of four possibles, all with solid right-wing credentials, ahead of the televised announcement to be made in prime time from the White House. The president's nominee, if confirmed, will likely solidify a five-seat conservative majority on the nine-member court.

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

But the four judges who are apparently the finalists for President Donald Trump's second Supreme Court nomination are being measured against a set of questions that go well beyond age and ideology.

For now, Democrats are piling pressure on Republican Sen.

Barrett, who is 46, has less of a judicial record to review, having just been nominated to the appeals court by Trump past year.

Besides records from his 12 years as an appellate judge, Kavanaugh was a top adviser to President George W. Bush and worked for Kenneth Starr on the years-long Whitewater investigation into Bill and Hillary Clinton. Barrett has already crossed swords with Democrats in her Senate confirmation hearing for her current job, when California Sen.

The New York Times on Sunday reported that the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, was strongly urging Trump to opt for either Hardiman or Kethledge on grounds that the other two might be impossible to get confirmed.

He has another potential advantage: he serves with Judge Maryanne Trump Barry - the president's sister - on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

The conservatives urged Trump to keep an open mind on Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th Circuit, whose confirmation hearing tete-a-tete with Sen.

For starters, Judicial Crisis Network is launching a $1.4 million ad buy on national cable and digital, with a particular focus on four states: Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia. I'm open to voting no.

But she is also seen as potentially hard to confirm, given the narrowness of the Senate GOP majority, the previous controversy in her confirmation process when she was nominated for the federal bench a year ago, her lack of a deep judicial record of opinions and her openness to overturning Roe v. Wade. "I don't think my role is to rubber stamp for the President, but it's also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either".

Leo said Hardiman of Pennsylvania and Kethledge of MI are "a little bit less known by conservatives". Senate Democrats must use everything in their power to keep Trump's risky nominees off the Supreme Court.

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

President Trump told reporters Sunday he hasn't made a final decision about his choice, but would know before noon on Monday.

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