Trump's Supreme Court justice pick: Names of 6 candidates interviewed by president

Arturo Kim
July 9, 2018

"I think, well, Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination is what you're talking about where we had Diane Feinstein saying, "the dogma lives loudly within you". He votes with the GOP more often than most of his colleagues and has made a point of not crossing the president. It's something he's been working on for a long time.

"A year and a half ago, I said it was a top priority", he said about confirming judges, "and it remains so".

Just a weekend from Trump's big reveal on Monday, Democrats' early strategy is to cast the battle as either protecting the right to abortion and the 2010 health care law, or emasculating both. In all, there are more than 150 vacancies on the courts. This would put a debate and confirmation vote somewhere in the middle of September.

The newcomers to the bench follow a type. Trump adds that he thinks "they're all outstanding". The Kennedy nomination likely means that his replacement's confirmation process will take priority over other pending matters, so it's likely we'll see confirmation hearings begin sometime after that. Almost 42 percent were women - the highest share of female judicial appointments of any president. "And that's exactly what happened today", she said. "This probably is the most extremist slate of judges we've ever seen".

The 2018 midterm election map has created a unique situation for Trump, who will look to use political pressure on red state Democrats on the fence about his nominee. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who is not said to be under serious consideration by the White House but is the only lawmaker Trump has considered for the position. They could provide Republicans with an additional buffer if they decide to support the president. He has said he'll choose from a list of 25 candidates vetted by conservative groups. He announced the Senate wouldn't consider Obama's nominee because it was a presidential election year. Citing Trump's views on the issues, they say the latter is exactly what Trump's selection would inevitably do. McConnell has characterized the gambit as his single greatest achievement.

Recent polls show upward of 60 percent of Americans want the Supreme Court to uphold abortion rights - though not necessarily without restrictions. The campaign will invest heavily in the ME and Alaska markets to stoke the mounting pressure on Collins and Murkowski to vote against the nominee.

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The eventual nominee will only need 50 votes to be confirmed, thanks to rules adopted by Senate leadership in 2017. As Trump was about to take office, there was what some call an emerging vacancy crisis, with some 100 openings in the judiciary.

Since then, Kavanaugh has worked in the George W. Bush (43) administration, helping him in the Florida recount, as well as at the Justice Department.

Brian Fallon, Demand Justice's executive director, said the group plans spots next week in Manchin's, Donnelly's and Heitkamp's home states asking them to continue protecting patients with pre-existing conditions by opposing a nominee who'd threaten that.

However, three sources familiar with Kethledge's reasoning and judicial philosophy have raised concerns with Breitbart News over his tendency, not unlike his one-time boss Justice Kennedy, to resort to sweeping moral judgment, rather than constitutionally-mandated restraint, in reaching his opinions. "Laws can be changed, regulations can be wiped away, but these federal judicial appointments are lifetime".

Collins has said she would not back someone hostile to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established the right to abortion.

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