Trump To Name His Second Supreme Court Pick

Trump To Name His Second Supreme Court Pick

Mr Trump described his nominee as "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time" and as a "judge's judge". "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a clerk for Justice Kennedy". Meanwhile, 24 percent bet on Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and 7 percent bet on Judge Raymond Kethledge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. "Judge Kavanaugh has the qualifications that make him immensely qualified to take a seat on the highest court in the land".

"Bob Casey is so blinded by partisanship that he is opposing a nominee for the Supreme Court before the pick is announced". Two of Trump's closest advisers on the issue - Federalist Society vice president Leonard Leo and White House counsel Don McGahn - were both reportedly behind picking Kavanaugh.

Therefore, Judge Kavanaugh's nomination must be examined in the light of his record as a judge to determine if he is fit for confirmation. "I will tell each senator that I revere the Constitution", he said.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and a former clerk for Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice. The "terror memos" are back on the table, as are the theories behind the articles of impeachment against Clinton - theories that Kavanaugh helped draft (though of course only as an employee of Starr). "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".

Democrats in the past also have pointed to Kavanaugh's work for Bush during the recount fight in the pivotal state of Florida in the 2000 presidential election, a controversy that was resolved only after the conservative-majority Supreme Court sided with Bush over Democratic candidate Al Gore, settling the election outcome. He was then sworn in by Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2006, according to the Associated Press. "But he did act as a swing vote in some important areas, including abortion, gay rights, and affirmative action", said University of Minnesota Law Professor Heidi Kitrosser.

The White House invited a number of senators to attend the Monday night announcement.

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Schumer, Schatz, Harris, Gillibrand, and others have the hard task of keeping all 49 Democratic senators in lockstep, which maybe not be as strong a bloc as they hope. Sen. He was a runner-up previous year when Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Recent presidents have delighted in dramatically revealing the people they have chosen to sit on the Supreme Court. But a new, more solidly conservative majority could shift that balance.

A judge more conservative than Kennedy could vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 court decision establishing a woman's right to abortion. In fact, Trump's pick was said to have the "inside track" from the get-go, thanks to his D.C. connections. Not long after Schumer spoke, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the "far left" of engaging in "scare tactics" over the nominee. Anti-choice right-wingers have also noted that he appears less likely than other top contenders to drastically curtail abortion rights.

White House spokesman Raj Shah says the Arizona Republican "has agreed to serve as the Sherpa for the President's nominee to the Supreme Court".

As soon as he announced his retirement plans in late June, Democrats and liberal groups mobilized, saying another Trump appointee would threaten Roe as well as the 2015 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and scores of other decisions that have shaped modern America.

Trump's approach to naming a new Supreme Court justice has unnerved some Democrats.

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