Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump has chosen his Supreme Court nominee, source says

Trump has chosen his Supreme Court nominee, source says

Doug Jones said Sunday that he could vote either way on President Donald Trump's yet-to-be announced nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Signaling he has not yet settled on his pick for the Supreme Court, President Trump on Monday morning worked the phones primarily seeking input about two judges who are apparently the finalists, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Thomas M. Hardiman, people familiar with the discussions said.

President Trump is set to announce his second Supreme Court nominee. Hardiman, 52, who was also appointed by Bush, serves on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

MCCAMMON: Yeah, 9 Eastern time tonight is when the White House says the news will be coming out.

John Cornyn will be in the room when the president reveals his choice. All three are Republican targets for the confirmation vote: They all supported Gorsuch and come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall. He said that might mean it could take more time to generate the same level of conservative enthusiasm behind them. "That's the main reason Christian conservatives voted for President Trump, was on the question of judges".

Trump has moved quickly to make a nomination while Republicans hold a bare majority in the Senate, which needs to approve the appointment.

The stakes are sky high for filling the opening created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's imminent retirement. He was confirmed just 66 days after he was nominated. Not long after Schumer spoke, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the "far left" of engaging in "scare tactics" over the nominee. "So I think any four of these would be outstanding".

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports from Washington, DC.

"I've never seen a president of the United States, in effect, make himself a puppet of outside groups and choose from a group of right-wing fringe ideologues that are prepared on this list", Blumenthal said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. Trump pledged in 2016 that he would be "putting pro-life justices on the court". Frustrated with GOP roadblocks in the Obama era, the Democrats eliminated the filibuster for nominees for the administration and judiciary, other than for the Supreme Court.

With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Trump's choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November's midterm elections.

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings previous year. She once called a 1992 Supreme Court decision that upheld Roe v. Wade "erroneous". "Barrett said she tends to agree "with those who say that a justice's duty is to the Constitution", rather than a precedent she thinks is clearly in conflict with it". Kavanaugh also repped Cuban tot Elian Gonzales, pro bono, when conservatives battled to keep him from returning to Cuba; Kavanaugh also was one of the George W. Bush lawyers in the Florida recount.

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