Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Supreme jockeying ahead of Donald Trump’s prime-time reveal of court pick

Supreme jockeying ahead of Donald Trump’s prime-time reveal of court pick

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.

"I'm very close to making a decision", Trump said. But he did make his pick, according to a person who was not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity. I am thinking of that person, but I will announce it on prime time TV at the White House. And she recently made it through the confirmation process, with the Senate approving her nomination to be an appeals court judge in October. He now works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. Although the statement is undoubtedly accurate, it is likely to be seized on by supporters of abortion rights as they try to convince moderate Republican senators that Barrett might vote to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision declaring a woman's constitutional right to abortion.

"I suspect this is going to be a rough, tough, down in the dirt, ear-pulling, nose-biting fight", Kennedy said.

And with that, Thomas Hardiman - the judge who Trump passed over last year to install Neil Gorsuch to the seat once held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia last year - was back in play.

The president has spent the days leading up to his announcement discussing the pros and cons of the various options with aides and allies. But the situation appeared to remain fluid.

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"There's nobody that President Trump could nominate from a conservative vent that will get many Democratic votes".

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh _ a longtime judge and former clerk for Kennedy _ questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice. Barrett is a former University of Notre Dame law professor, (and a graduate of the school; Kavanaugh meanwhile received his undergrad and law degrees from Yale).

Kethledge serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati. He is an evangelical Christian whose book Lead Yourself First uses President Dwight Eisenhower, primatologist Jane Goodall, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr. and others as examples of "leaders who have used solitude to function more effectively".

The president has said that he narrowed the list of potential candidates from 25 to two or three. "On Saturday, he tweeted that a 'Big decision" was coming soon. "It's - well, let's just say it's the four people". Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on "Fox News Sunday".

"I think we can confirm any of the four names being mentioned", Blunt said on NBC's 'Meet the Press.' "They're good judges". He was in the running past year for the Supreme Court seat left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. "I don't think my role is to rubber stamp for the president, but it's also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either". "And I expect we will do that on sort of a normal timetable, a couple of months".

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