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

Trump nominates conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Trump nominates conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

"She has made clear - as she said to the President in person two weeks ago - that she considers fully vetting Supreme Court nominees one of the most important jobs of any USA senator, and she plans to fulfill that critical duty".

Trump's pick, if confirmed by the Senate, will replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has always been the swing vote on the divided court. This is Trump's second Supreme Court nominee.

"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", Graham said. "And I think of the four people I have it down to three or two", The Guardian reported.

Republicans outnumber Democrats, 51 to 49, in the Senate. He's a ideal 21 for 21 in confirming the federal appeals-court nominees of President Trump, with more to come this year. "But we're very close to making a decision".

"I'm not sure I'm leaning anywhere on those four nominees". He added: "I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court. 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". A source familiar with the process said Trump has made his choice.

Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion.

Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens.

"Bob Casey's opposition to President Trump's nominee before he or she has even been named shows he has given up any pretense of being a moderate voice", said NRSC Spokesman Bob Salera in an emailed release. But in terms of selecting his nominee, the president said he would not use Roe v. Wade as a litmus test for a nominee. A more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's constitutional right.

"If all the Republicans stick together", Chris Coons, a Democratic senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, "they will be able to confirm whomever President Trump nominates". Previously, Collins voted for Gorsuch because of his belief in the significance of precedent. Now, with a vacancy on the bench, Trump can fulfil another of his campaign promises. Many, including Leo, believe that it was a major contributing factor to his victory in 2016.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh, questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice.

In 2015, the US Court of Appeals declined to hear a case on the NSA's phone metadata collection, first unveiled by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Hardiman could also have one important advocate.

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when she was questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings previous year. Given the thin margin he has to work with, this is impressive. "Like Justice Gorsuch. We hit a home run there, and we're going to hit a home run here", he said. On Sunday he was back to citing 'the four people'. "You can't go wrong".

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

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