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

Liberals rally on court steps against Kavanaugh

Liberals rally on court steps against Kavanaugh

The real players are folks like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose late-hour political jockeying upended the notion that the high court spot was D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh's to lose. Eastern Time on Monday.

In a primetime announcement at the White House, Mr Trump praised his pick as a "brilliant jurist".

Hardiman, 53, has served on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2007, having been appointed by Republican former President George W. Bush, after four years as a U.S. district judge in western Pennsylvania.

Multiple sources tell ABC News that as of Sunday, the final four individuals Trump is considering for the vacancy are Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman.

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.

This morning, Casey's office released a statement followed by a series of tweets stating his opposition to President Donald Trump's selection for the United States Supreme Court. "I look forward to meeting Judge Kavanaugh and hope for a fair confirmation process", Roberts said.

A Yale graduate and devout Catholic who went to a Jesuit high school, he once clerked for Justice Kennedy, the man he would replace.

The battle for Senate confirmation of Trump's Supreme Court pick is likely to be one of the most intense. I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here.

Democrats who plan to oppose Trump's nominee are focusing on two Republican moderates, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, hoping to turn them against Trump's selection.

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Conservatives will focus on moderate Democrats running for re-election in Trump country, such as Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin.

Kennedy's retirement left a hole for Trump to fill smack in the middle of the deeply divided court, where all nine justices tend to vote the way the presidents who nominated them expected.

On average, for Supreme Court nominees who have received hearings, the hearing occurred 39 days after the nomination was formally submitted, according to the Congressional Research Service.

In recent years the Supreme Court has made landmark decisions on fundamental and often politically charged issues ranging from same-sex marriage, abortion, gun rights, corporate money in elections, and free speech.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said Trump's choice "could have a bigger effect on Americans' daily lives than any justice in our lifetime".

On one front he has been clear, however - while he admires Kavanaugh's credentials, he is also concerned by his work in the Bush administration. Susan Collins said she wouldn't support a nominee hostile to the court's precedent in Roe v. Wade - and the conservative Barrett has expressed a willingness to reverse precedent she sees as wrongly decided. The opinion, written for a three-judge panel, was eventually overturned by the full court.

MARTIN: Who on the president's list is considered to face the toughest confirmation battle? And, you know, the concern would be that something could pop up going through all those papers that could make him a tougher pick.

Barrett, 46, has the least judicial experience of the four, with only eight months as a judge after spending most of her career as a conservative legal scholar.

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