President Trump Narrows It Down To Two Judges

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The announcement will take place at 9pm on Monday, July 9.

Check back in with Mediaite for coverage of Trump's decision tonight. Every one you can't go wrong. Trump had a strong favorable reaction to Kethledge, while Barrett was seen as a less likely choice. Hardiman, 52, who was also appointed by Bush, serves on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. "So, he would be the easy pick".

The only public statement this weekend out of the White House about the impending selection, was a tweet Saturday by the president. Now McConnell has the chance to confirm a second Supreme Court justice, a thrilling prospect for his party.

FILE - U.S. President Donald Trump listens as Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks before swearing in Judge Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Supreme Court Justice at the White House in Washington, April 10, 2017. But the process of vetting the nominee will start right away. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., would guide the nominee through the confirmation process, including preparing for meetings with senators.

It began when Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, then the Senate majority leader, changed the rules of the Senate.

The president, though, is operating with 50 Republican votes and a very legitimate possibility no Democrats will flip, but Sen.

Meanwhile, liberal groups are already calling on two moderate Republican senators - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - to reject the nominee. Dick Durbin, the Democratic whip, Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press.

While activists and progressive groups are targeting moderate Republican senators who support abortion rights like Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, urging them to reject any Trump nominee who is hostile to Roe v. Wade, a handful of Democrats will be key in deciding whether the president gets his pick confirmed to the high court, because of the razor-thin partisan divide in the Senate.

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Democrats criticized Kavanaugh's political roles during his 2006 confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"I don't think anyone should expect me to simply vote yes for this nominee, just simply because my state may be more conservative than others", Jones said.

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.

Many in the president's base simply do not trust Kavanaugh.

That kind of thinking could prove helpful to Trump, who has been dogged by accusations of sexual harassment, as well as possible obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation probe now being led by special counsel Robert Mueller. "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". Feinstein raised concerns about whether Barrett could separate her religious views from the law. She is a member of a small Christian group called People of Praise, according to the New York Times. And Feinstein's question was criticized as anti-Catholic.

It may not also be his last, with liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg 85-years-old and Stephen Breyer turning 80 next month.

Kavanaugh now faces what appears to be another fierce fight for confirmation in the Senate, where Trump's fellow Republicans hold a slim majority. In another criminal case, he wrote that police do not have to obtain a search warrant to obtain a suspect's cellphone location information. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. He also stressed that the constitution must be interpreted "as written - informed by history and tradition and precedent". Trump signed Kavanaugh's nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence. And often when two factions war with each other over a judicial pick, a different candidate becomes more attractive. Kavanaugh and Gorsuch served as law clerks to Kennedy at the same time early in their legal careers.

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