Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

How significant is Trump's Supreme Court pick?

How significant is Trump's Supreme Court pick?

President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the US Supreme Court.

Trump's post came on the eve of his second lifetime appointment to the nine-member Supreme Court, one of the more powerful perks of office.

Barrett is among four federal judges on Trump's list of finalists that includes Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman. He has another potential advantage: he serves with Judge Maryanne Trump Barry - the president's sister - on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

President Trump will announce his latest nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court tonight.

While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight. Democrats are voicing alarm about what the new justice could mean for charged issues such as abortion rights and gay rights. Plus, holding Barrett, who is just 46, would give her more time to amass federal judicial experience. An Associated Press analysis found that roughly two-thirds of the judges who have been confirmed under Trump are white men.

Broadcast networks scrambled to clear room on their primetime schedules at 9 PM in order to cover Trump's announcement, ABC interrupting summer reality TV workhorse The Bachelorette, to carry Survivor: Scotus.

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With a slim one-vote majority in the Senate, any GOP defections could prove problematic in winning confirmation for Trump's eventual choice - that is, if Democrats hold together in opposition. He is also former law clerk to Kennedy. Dianne Feinstein past year during her confirmation hearing to the federal bench. "I knew we would have two or three Supreme Court justices that could turn the tide of the culture of our nation", he said.

"The president was very impressed with Barrett but said on a number of occasions it might be best to save her for a future vacancy", the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "I think that pick was incredibly brilliant on the president's part, and I think he's lived up to that".

She said the group isn't talking yet about returning to those roots but is grimly discussing a near future in which women in much of the country might have great difficulty obtaining safe abortions.

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings past year.

If the nomination is delayed and Democrats capture an extra seat in the Senate in November elections, Trump could be forced to compromise with liberals in order to fill Kennedy's seat. But he's also an evangelical Christian, according to the Federalist Society, and he's liked by Kavanaugh's opponents and has none of the controversy on Capitol Hill of Barrett. Jon Tester of Montana - told reporters on Monday that he was not invited to the White House for Monday's ceremony, but added he's open to voting to one of the nominees.

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