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Trump Adviser Says Two Supreme Court Candidates Are Tougher Sell

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Melinda Barton | 10 July, 2018, 07:57

He said Sunday that he hoped to have made a decision by noon Monday.

Hours before President Trump revealed his Supreme Court nominee Monday night, the White House made a curious announcement. It was ruled a suicide, but conspiracy theorists were not so certain. Kavanaugh also repped Cuban tot Elian Gonzales, pro bono, when conservatives battled to keep him from returning to Cuba; Kavanaugh also was one of the George W. Bush lawyers in the Florida recount. Those who promote a woman's right to choose an abortion were upset with a Kavanaugh ruling against an immigrant teenager in federal custody who sought an immediate abortion.

Each choice represented a shift to the right compared to Kennedy, who has often cast a swing vote between conservatives and liberals on the nine-member bench. "My introduction to the law came at our dinner table when she practised her closing arguments", Kavanaugh said at the White House after Trump introduced him as his nominee. "Every one, you can't go wrong".

Kavanaugh says he will begin meeting with members of the Senate on Tuesday.

The New York Democrat said he would work to impede the nomination.

"I will tell each senator that I revere the constitution".

President Trump, after less than two weeks of deliberations, is set to announce tonight his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a choice that could well affect the court, and American jurisprudence, for a generation.

Mr Trump is securing a conservative judiciary for a generation. He also has taken an expansive view of executive power and has favored limits on investigating the president.

Others, however, perceived time was of the essence.

Trump has previously said he wanted "pro-life" justices opposed to abortion rights.

Barrett clerked for Scalia and earned high praise from conservatives for her answers about her Catholic faith at a Senate confirmation hearing previous year.

Republicans now control that number of Senate seats, although one of their number, Senator John McCain, is at home in Arizona battling cancer.

Hearings for the most recent nominees to the Supreme Court have lasted four or five days, though there were 11 days of hearings for Robert Bork's nomination in 1987.

Three of those largely rural state Democrats, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted to confirm Trump's previous Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, last year.

Democrats have another reason to worry about the impact of the Supreme Court nomination, said Stuart Rothenberg, a non-partisan political analyst in Washington. Kavanaugh, with the confidence of the administration and concern from Left and Right alike, heads to the Senate. "This is partially due to the cases it has been asked to decide, such as the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, and it is partially due to the divided nature of American politics".

"Another conservative justice on the U.S. Supreme Court who honors the original intent of the Constitution will have a positive impact on our country for decades".

Kennedy, who is 81, had been nominated for the court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia certainly continues the trend.

Critics accused Trump of outsourcing his selection to the conservative groups.

"We are close to making a decision", Trump said on July 8. Relishing the guessing game beyond the White House gates, Trump had little to say about his choice before the announcement. When the court he serves on upheld a New Jersey law requiring a gun owner to obtain a permit to carry a gun in public places and to show that he has "a justifiable need" to carry the gun, Hardiman dissented, chastising the majority for upholding a law that dates to 1966 (and arguably 1924) as insufficiently long-standing. If approved by the Senate, he would become the fifth conservative justice on the nation's highest court. "With his second appointment he's sticking to that general process", Burrus added.