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

Trump narrows high court choice down to '3 or 2'

Trump narrows high court choice down to '3 or 2'

But most news reports of late have focused on these three, 53-year-old Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington; 51-year-old Raymond Kethledge from the appeals court based in Cincinnati; and 46-year-old Amy Coney Barrett from the appeals court in Chicago. As Trump's announcement nears, many have the future of Roe v. Wade top of mind. He has said he'll choose from a list of 25 candidates vetted by conservative groups. Mike Lee, though Fox News is told the call was not a formal interview and more to ask Lee his thoughts on who would make a good nominee.

Anthony Kennedy was a critical swing vote in a number of high-profile cases, including same-sex marriage and upholding a woman's right to an abortion.

It's why the pro-life views of Barrett, a devout Catholic and mother of seven, have loomed large in the debate.

"He leaves the court in a calcified state of a hardened left and right with nobody in that middle position", said George Washington University constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley.

Kavanaugh is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Top contenders Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh. The New York Times is also referring to Kavanaugh as "the frontrunner."

National groups have entered the fray. "They are outstanding people, they are really incredible people in so many different ways, academically and every other way and I had a very, very interesting morning". "They are shaped by love of Holy Scripture, prayer and community; and the Church's mission is richer for their presence". On Saturday, he tweeted that a "Big decision" was coming soon.

"Republicans are trying to say that [a judge] being on this list doesn't mean they'll overturn Roe v. Wade - but that was the point of the list in the first place", one Democrat tells TIME.

The three candidates met with Trump on Tuesday at the White House. If confirmed, he will be the first Indian American and Asian American, both burgeoning sections of the America population, to become a Supreme Court judge.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME affirmed to reporters Wednesday she will not affirm a nominee with "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade. Sen. Susan Collins of ME or Alaska's Lisa Murkowski to vote "no", which many view as hard.

Conversely, in Nevada, Democratic Senate challenger Jacky Rosen is accusing Republican Sen.

The AP cited a source saying Sen. Although William Howard Taft had served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals, he was better known as a former president when he was appointed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by President Warren Harding in 1921.

"Absolutely, there is cause for concern" about Judge Kavanaugh, a prominent conservative activist said on condition of anonymity.

Costa included a link to an Associated Press story about Lee casting a "protest" vote in the 2016 presidential election for independent candidate Evan McMullin.

The president enjoyed the suspenseful process leading up to his announcement a year ago that he was nominating Neil Gorsuch for the high court and is hoping to keep the guessing game going until he announces his pick Monday in prime time.

Judge Ralph B. Guy Jr. wished his former law clerk luck when he learned Kethledge was on Trump's list.

The implications of Kethledge's decision to join Sutton's Tyler concurrence are uncertain, but may suggest a judicial philosophy on the Second Amendment that stands at odds with the originalist direction paved by Justice Antonin Scalia when he crafted the Heller decision wrote Breitbart's Ian Mason.

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