Trump Expected to Unveil Supreme Court Nominee Monday Night
11 July, 2018, 04:27
Eastern Time on Monday.
MCCAMMON: Well, near the top of the potentially-tough-to-confirm list would be Brett Kavanaugh.
Trump is supposedly favoring Kavanaugh because of those views, per CNN.
He is the kind of judge a President Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney would have picked - a man with an established legal pedigree and a reputation as a reliably conservative jurist. "He has a track record that demonstrates his talents and his judicial philosophy". "And I believe this person will do a great job", Trump said.
The list and reports coming from the interviews, however, have given Trump opponents a chance to examine each of the judges on the list and develop potential attacks on the records of each.
To that end, Kansas Democratic Party executive director Ethan Corson was quick to blast the choice.
"Kansans have known for a long time that they can't count on the Trump administration or congressional Republicans to protect civil rights, voting rights, women's access to health care, or longstanding environmental and labor standards", Corson said. The other finalists, also federal appeals court judges, were Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania and Raymond Kethledge of MI.
President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to join the US Supreme Court, setting the stage for a dramatic confirmation battle over a stalwart conservative who could shape the direction of the court for decades to come. Momentum appeared to be with Kavanaugh and Hardiman, though the process remained fluid.
The White Houseannounced Monday that former Sen. Luther Strange, cutting the GOP's Senate majority to 51-49. Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states.
The president also tweeted on Saturday: "Big decision will soon be made on our next Justice of the Supreme Court!"
"Bob Casey's opposition to President Trump's nominee before he or she has even been named shows he has given up any pretense of being a moderate voice", said NRSC Spokesman Bob Salera in an emailed release.
At the top of issues that will be closely watched is abortion. The issue was her involvement with a mostly Catholic, conservative religious group called People of Praise. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. The Heritage Foundation is the nation's largest conservative think tank and has provided thousands of policy recommendations and personnel suggestions to multiple presidents and to Congress since 1975.
Trump has been uncharacteristically circumspect about what he is thinking as the process has unfolded. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.
MCCAMMON: Well, the other two names that we're hearing a lot about are Thomas Hardiman, another federal appeals judge who was a runner-up to Justice Neal Gorsuch the last time around.
The president has spent the days leading up to the decision mulling the pros and cons of the various options with aides and allies.
Shah has paused his other White House duties to lead the yet-unnamed nominee through his or her confirmation.
On the Democratic side, the focus will be on Sens.
Trump seems eager to reveal his pick, raising the subject on Sunday afternoon as well. In 2017, Kyl helped prepare former Senator and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his confirmation hearing. The two have supported access to abortion services.
On Monday before Trump announced his nominee, the White House sent out the list again and touted Trump's selection process.