Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump says he will 'reject judicial activism' in Supreme Court pick

Trump says he will 'reject judicial activism' in Supreme Court pick

With Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing last month that he is retiring, Trump gets to pick another justice to serve on the court. IL law protects it. Trump conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates. Last year, Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia were the only three Democrats to break from their party and vote to confirm Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

In contrast to the admittedly narrow criticisms of Kethledge and Kavanaugh, Christian conservatives are nearly uniformly backing Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a U.S. Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The nomination process is a windfall to every GOP nominee in every Senate race, but it would especially benefit James (and thus Mitch McConnell and the president) by adding an upset special to the long list of vulnerable incumbent Democrats, especially in states the president won handily. Trump has told aides that he sees the Gorsuch announcement as one of the high-water marks of his presidency, and he has warned his associates against leaking his next Supreme Court pick in a bid to ratchet up the intrigue. The person did not specify which candidates Pence met with and spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday to describe the private search process. The future of Roe v Wade, the court's 1973 decision that enshrined a woman's right to abortion, is widely held to be at stake and has galvanised both sides.

Barrett, a former law clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, won Senate conformation October 31 on 55-43 vote. Mike Lee is also in the running and has reportedly spoken with Trump. With Kennedy's retirement, Trump has said he will use that list to make his choice, prompting Democrats in the Senate to reject the entire thing.

Though the Trump administration's past judicial nominees have been confirmed largely along partisan lines, Merkley said he and others still must vigorously contest a nominee who could roll back crucial constitutional rights with this Supreme Court vacancy.

The three leading candidates were all on a list of 25 names released by the president past year.

Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the Republican Convention, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Augusta, Maine. "But if you want to know why it is I have concerns, I can go on if you like".

Kethledge, 51, is a former Kennedy law clerk and appeals court judge who graduated from the University of MI and its law school.

She said the groups were "calling for a higher standard". In an interview with the legal news site "Above the Law", Kethledge said "I love to write" and prefers working from his barn office in northern MI overlooking Lake Huron without an internet connection. Before that, she was a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. "I look forward to more of that in this next pick". Barrett, who is a devout Catholic, is popular among social conservatives but is said not to be atop Trump's shortlist because of her relative inexperience on the bench.

Kethledge, 51, was appointed to his current post by Republican former President George W. Bush and was confirmed by the Senate in 2008.

On Wednesday, Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, reiterated that she could not vote for a nominee with a "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion.

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