Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Democratic Senators Issue Last-Minute Warnings About Trump's Supreme Court Pick

Democratic Senators Issue Last-Minute Warnings About Trump's Supreme Court Pick

The four finalists are said to be federal appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. "You can't go wrong".

"What drives the president in this process is that he made the Supreme Court a huge issue in the election, more than any other presidential candidate, he greatly enthused voters over it", Mr. Leo said on ABC's "This Week". 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. Collins has said she would not back someone who has demonstrated hostility to Roe v Wade.

Education: He attended Yale University both as an undergraduate and law student. The appellate court judge in Washington has a "slight" advantage, John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation, who helped shape Trump's list of possible justices, said Sunday on Fox News.

Although Trump said during the campaign he would appoint anti-abortion judges who would overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, he said he would not ask candidates about whether they think the ruling should be reversed.

Kethledge, 51, has served on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2008 after also being appointed by Bush. Kavanaugh had been a law clerk for Kennedy. As an appeals court judge, Kethledge authored several notable opinions, including one that upheld the death penalty against a suspect who murdered a woman on federal land and a case in OH that questioned whether private citizens can sue the state for failing to enforce pollution controls. Kavanaugh has ties to the Bush family, which has often drawn ire from Trump, but he has investigated the Clintons and recommended the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton. In a recent case involving abortion and immigration, he wrote a decision that temporarily barred a pregnant teenager in immigration custody from obtaining an abortion.

Those views could have implications for independent counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of President Trump.

With a slim one vote majority in the Senate, any GOP defections could prove problematic in winning confirmation for Trump's eventual choice, that is if Democrats hold together in opposition.

Decisions on these and otherhot topics of the Trump years - the North American free-trade agreement and climate change - are reversible by a future presidential administration, perhaps by a moderate Republican White House or, nearly certainly, a Democratic administration. Other Democrats who represent heavily Republican states will also be under pressure to support the nominee.

"I'll be deciding tonight or tomorrow sometime by 12 o'clock", he said.

"It is not good enough for somebody to say, 'I'm a woman, vote for me.' No That is not good enough, "the Vermont senator continued". We don't know who the nominee is going to be yet", Jones told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union.

With the Senate's Republican leadership saying it aims to complete the confirmation process before November's midterm elections, Democrats were nearing panic mode.

Levey said: "The Democrats have very little chance of stopping the nominee where they are". "I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here and I expect we'll do that on sort of a normal timetable of a couple of months".

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