Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

These two judges are favorites to win Supreme Court nod

These two judges are favorites to win Supreme Court nod

Republicans ignored Obama's nominee and delayed the vote until the 2017 Senate session when it approved Trump's nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, for the Scalia seat.

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens. Kavanaugh became Trump's second lifetime appointment to the nation's highest judicial body in his 18 months in office.

"This is a nightmare for red-state Democrats to oppose a highly qualified nominee, and all four of these people are highly qualified - been on the court, know what they're doing, mainstream judges", Mr.

The president has spent the days leading up to the decision mulling the pros and cons of the various options with aides and allies.

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Roy Blunt of Missouri said Sunday that they believe any of the top four contenders could get confirmed by the GOP-majority Senate.

With Kavanaugh, Trump is replacing a swing vote on the nine-member court with a staunch conservative.

The vote is complicated by the absence of Sen. Meanwhile, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona is battling brain cancer and has not been back to the Capitol since December. If Mr. McCain is not able to vote, only one Republican would have to defect to derail the confirmation, assuming the Democrats maintain ideal party discpline.

Three Democrats who were invited but declined were Sens. Joe Donnelly of IN - backed the Gorsuch pick.

All of the candidates are relatively young and could help shape legal doctrine on the high court for decades to come.

"When this power is placed in the wrong hands, our justice system can also take our country backwards, whether it's upholding the Muslim ban, attacking the basic civil rights around the right to vote or weakening our protections for immigrants", she said.

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"It is a dilemma in one respect but not in another", Mr. Durbin said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

"I'll be deciding tonight or tomorrow sometime by 12 o'clock", he said. In that decision, Kethledge accepted the assertions of Border Patrol agents that in using the terms "wets" and "tonks", they were referring to undocumented persons generally and not to Hispanics specifically.

Conservative on firearms and election financing, Kennedy could be more progressive on issues such as abortion and affirmative action. That does not give a lot of people a thought that we're going to have an independent Supreme Court.

Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them". "It goes beyond the next election". As a woman and mother, she could upend the narrative pushed by Democrats that Trump's pick would erode women's rights. An official said Thursday that Trump had completed his scheduled interviews for potential nominees.

"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", Mr. Jones said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union".

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

Liberals also took issue with the presence of Leonard Leo, the Federalist Society's executive vice president, who is now on leave from the group of conservative attorneys and scholars to work with Trump's Supreme Court nomination team. Susan Collins, of ME, to speak out, telling 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. GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell instead waited for the 2016 election, hoping a Republican would be elected president and nominate Scalia's successor.

In a 2013 law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that after seeing firsthand the many hard duties that a president encounters, he thinks that presidents should operate free from the threat of civil suits, such as the sexual harassment suit that led to President Clinton's impeachment, and that presidents should also be free from criminal investigations.

"I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump said, adding that he would "probably" have a decision by Sunday evening or Monday morning.

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