Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Trump mulls Supreme Court choice from 2 or 3 candidates

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Melinda Barton | 09 July, 2018, 00:23

Trump said he'll name his nominee July 9, and the White House aims to have Kennedy's successor confirmed in time for the court's next session in October.

The president is choosing from a list of 25 candidates vetted by conservative groups. "And even with Republicans' slim majority, senators on both sides of the aisle would have little trouble giving their advice and consent to a nominee they have served alongside for years".

"I had a very interesting morning", Trump told reporters at the White House. As for McCaskill, "I think what could get her to win is health care, because there are so many pro-life Republicans, so many older people, who don't want health care taken away". And this, of course, was viewed by many as anti-Catholic, anti-religious.

Mom-of-seven Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 46, a former Notre Dame law professor, became a right-wing heroine a year ago when she stood up to grilling from Senate Democrats over her religious faith. Kethledge, of MI, is a judge on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Only one of those, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is a woman and she has picked up support from some social conservatives in particular. Judge Barrett already has more judicial experience than Elena Kagan had when she was nominated to the Supreme Court, so any liberal opponents will be unable to claim that Barrett needs more judicial experience.

But National Review writer David French points out the group is "so dastardly" that Pope Francis appointed one of its members as auxiliary bishop of Portland.

"I think the single best choice that President Trump could make to fill this vacancy is Sen. They are shaped by love of Holy Scripture, prayer and community; and the Church's mission is richer for their presence".

MSNBC host Ali Velshi asked Roberts about a tweet she wrote saying women would be under fire from all these different directions if the Supreme Court overturned Roe.

President Trump has spent most of this week interviewing candidates for the SCOTUS nomination. That could be a problem for Kethledge if what Trump really meant was that he wants an Ivy Leaguer, like the rest of the high court.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME affirmed to reporters Wednesday she will not affirm a nominee with "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. Republicans control the chamber 51-49, but Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, about the process.

Judge Amul Thapar, of the US Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit, was originally among those President Trump would be considering for Kennedy's position.

"Absolutely, there is cause for concern" about Judge Kavanaugh, a prominent conservative activist said on condition of anonymity.

"Any nominee for the Supreme Court should recognize that the full citizenship of LGBTQ Americans is settled law", Wu said. As with with Neil Gorsuch, the justice appointed to replace the late Antonin Scalia past year, Trump's top candidates are selected from a list of conservative justices first drafted during the 2016 election.

"Just as he did with Neil Gorsuch, the president has promised to nominate an impartial judge, a wise and seasoned jurist committed to upholding the Constitution at all costs". He also prioritizes academic credentials and likes to have a breadth of legal opinions to gauge how the judge applies the law.

"It's the law of the land", LePage said.

One Schoolhouse Rock episode compares the federal government to a circus with three rings, explaining that the executive, legislative and judicial branches are separate parts with clearly defined roles, but together create a cohesive whole.