President Trump announces Supreme Court pick

10 July, 2018, 03:04 | Author: Inez Murphy
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"I suspect this is going to be a rough, tough, down in the dirt, ear-pulling, nose-biting fight", Kennedy said.

Trump is announcing his selection Monday night. "He has put a litmus test on the supreme court nominee" over abortion, she said.

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. The President's hardline policy approach means the issue could well end up before the court soon. In the case decided Monday that had to do with attorneys' fees, there would be no majority if Kavanaugh were to withdraw. But Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin all say they won't attend.

All three states lean heavily Republican. The White House prepared briefing materials on all four.

Trump has been uncharacteristically circumspect about what he is thinking as the process has unfolded. Trump's first pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed on a count of 54-to-45 past year (One Republican was absent, and all but three Democrats voted against him).

Trump's approach to naming a new Supreme Court justice has unnerved some Democrats.

If the Senate confirms Trump's nominee, we will be stuck with a Court that sides with big corporations over the American people.

Senators are trying to frame the debate before Trump's 9 p.m. announcement.

With little warning, the Republican administration announced it is freezing payments under an "Obamacare" program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses.

"Beyond the procedure, beyond the gamesmanship, it is a life-and-death important decision to be made by this court on so many issues", Senator Dick Durbin of IL, the body's No. 2 Democrat, said Sunday on NBC. Jon Kyl would guide Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process. Besides McGahn, he has the support of some Republicans who admire his record as a lawyer working with independent counsel Ken Starr in the investigation of President Bill Clinton and later in the George W. Bush White House as well as his conservative record as a judge. He works for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Former New Hampshire Sen. He was a runner-up a year ago when Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the 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. They were all on a list of 25 names that were vetted by the conservative groups Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation.

All of the four states were carried by Mr. Trump in 2016. The race is not expected to be competitive.

"From the perspective of judicial conservatives, Trump really can't lose here", Josh Blackman, an associate professor at South Texas College of Law, told AFP.

Blumenthal told Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that the public supports abortion rights. "There are always issues [that the] executive branch and president deal with on a regular basis that are extraordinarily important and controversial, and we don't hold up Supreme Court nominations or confirmations for those".

The campaign will include a biographical ad about the nominee. The new ad brings their total investment to $2.4 million.

Trump is said to be relishing the reality TV-like rollout of the nominee, who will replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, and it's not clear how undecided he actually is. "Every one. You can't go wrong".

The finalist list remains Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman.

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