Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Trump 'very close' to decision on Supreme Court pick

Trump 'very close' to decision on Supreme Court pick

Trump has reportedly narrowed the pool of candidates to four federal appeals court judges.

Another contender Judge Raymond Kethlidge made headlines blasting the IRS over its treatment of tea party groups.

Hardiman, 53, has served on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2007, having been appointed by Republican former President George W. Bush, after four years as a U.S. district judge in western Pennsylvania. Kyl also was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold a hearing on Trump's choice for the court.

The president has been lobbied in the final hours of his selection process by both supporters and opponents of the four candidates, all of whom are federal appeals court judges with conservative records.

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

Barrett, 46, has the least judicial experience of the four, with only eight months as a judge after spending most of her career as a conservative legal scholar. "But I hope Senator Jones will do the right thing and support President Trump's pick because I think President Trump's (nominee) will be the pick of the vast majority of the people in the state of Alabama". Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader, has tried to warn the president through gentle nudging that Hardiman and Kethledge would be the safest choices for confirmation. Kavanaugh worked in the administration of each President Bush and also for independent counsel Kenneth Starr in the investigation that eventually led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

If Collins and Murkowski vote "no" and Democrats all vote "no", the nomination would be blocked.

But both senators voted to confirm Gorsuch, who would be expected by conservative activists to vote to return decisions about abortions to the states.

The White House has tapped former Republican Sen. Trump pledged in 2016 that he would be "putting pro-life justices on the court". I'm open to voting no.

"I will oppose the nomination the President will make tonight because it represents a corrupt bargain with the far Right, big corporations, and Washington special interests", Casey said in a statement.

It is not exaggeration to say that the prospect of tipping the balance of the Supreme Court was the reason why evangelical conservative voters, who had plenty of reason to worry about Trump's character, made a decision to stick with him during the 2016 election campaign. "But this is really about the process and whether or not the corporate right is going to be in charge of picking the Supreme Court in a seat, in a nomination that's likely to tip the scales substantially".

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