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Supreme court nominee: Trump to announce Kennedy replacement

Supreme court nominee: Trump to announce Kennedy replacement

The announcement Monday night came less than two weeks after the high court's swing voter announced his retirement.

The battle for Senate confirmation of Trump's Supreme Court pick is likely to be one of the most intense. The president could be indicted in the Russian Federation probe, some law experts say, while the Department of Justice is of the opinion that cannot happen. White House aides said they have prepared "rollout packages" for the four finalists. "A judge must be independent, must interpret the law, not make the law, must interpret statutes as written, and must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent", Kavanaugh said.

Republicans may have a narrower margin for error than they did when the Senate confirmed Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, by a vote of 54-45 in April 2017.

Barrett, 46, is a former law clerk to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Senator Dianne Feinstein said Trump's choice "could have a bigger effect on Americans' daily lives than any justice in our lifetime". I have. I did this when I - and I voted for a lot of Republican nominees.

"I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here and I expect we'll do that on sort of a normal timetable of a couple of months".

Two other vulnerable Democratic senators up for re-election this fall ― Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Jon Tester of Montana ― did not support Gorsuch's nomination.

None of the judges named is older than 53, meaning any of them could sit on the court for several decades, allowing Trump to make a lasting imprint on the nation's laws.

"Trump will never be elected president of the United States", said former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Kavanaugh has an extensive paper trail that could potentially enable Democrats to stretch the confirmation beyond the 2018 midterm election. But they, too, are facing pressure to back Trump's second high court pick.




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Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer called Trump recently to warn it would be "cataclysmic" for national unity if he nominated someone hostile to Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that protects women's rights to abortion, according to a person familiar with the discussion.

"These are very talented people, brilliant people, and I think you're going to really love it".

Casey is one of the handful of so-called "Red State" Democratic senators who are running for reelection in a state carried by the president in the 2016 election, and who are seen as especially vulnerable this election cycle as a result. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to the Supreme Court, but there is some hope for those holding out for a third SCOTUS vacancy for Trump to fill with a conservative. Many, including Leo, believe that it was a major contributing factor to his victory in 2016. As an attorney, Kavanaugh worked for the special counsel investigating former President Bill Clinton, who was eventually impeached, and also worked for the Bush campaign during the 2000 presidential election recount.

Barrett of IN, 46, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Susan Collins, of ME, to speak out, told Stephanopoulos last week that a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade "would not be acceptable", because it indicates an "activist agenda" she didn't want to see in a judge.

Barrett has a thin resume as a judge but has amassed a formidable and respected body of scholarly work. This is President Trump speaking to reporters Sunday. Lacking a brand name, Kethledge has a strong conservative track record after 10 years on the federal bench.

"We are going and mobilizing where we have leverage", said Mallory Quigley, a spokeswoman for the group.

The Judicial Crisis Network, the main conservative television and advertising effort, announced plans Monday to spend an additional $1.4 million, on top of the $1 million already committed to support the nominee. The group says it has reserved air time nationally and in those same states for another four weeks. Every one, you can't go wrong.