Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Sen. Chuck Schumer Rips Trump's Anti-Abortion 'Litmus Test'

Sen. Chuck Schumer Rips Trump's Anti-Abortion 'Litmus Test'

While the President's choice of Gorsuch to replace Scalia ensured the iconic conservative justice was replaced with another person highly regarded by conservatives, the vacancy created by Kennedy has given Trump the opportunity to replace a frequent swing vote with a conservative name.

If confirmed, Trump's choice would solidify the high court's conservative majority and continue the president's push to shift the federal bench to the right.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh built a solidly conservative record during his 12 years on the appeals court in Washington that decides consequential cases on health care, the environment and other major governmental policies. He previously served as a clerk for Kennedy and worked for Ken Starr during Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton.

He also sat on the Senate Judiciary Committee during four Supreme Court justices' confirmation hearings.

What McConnell reportedly said about Trump's... He was said to be the leading contender in the days after Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement.

Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate, though Arizona Sen.

Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin - all up for re-election in November - were the only three Democratic senators who voted a year ago in favor of confirming Trump's first high-court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who was approved in a 54-45 vote. During her confirmation hearings past year after she was nominated for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, she was pressed about the impact her Catholic religious beliefs have on her decisions.

A Maryland native whose mother was a public school teacher who went on to serve as a state judge in Maryland, Kavanaugh got his undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pushed back on Schumer's complaints, saying, "This far left rhetoric comes out every single time".

Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman are widely reported to be on the short list.

Since the 2016 campaign, Trump has made his process for picking Supreme Court justices fairly transparent. He also has taken an expansive view of executive power and has favored limits on investigating the president.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) insisted Sunday on NBC News' "Meet the Press" that delaying Trump's nominee as a Democratic bloc is even more important than the reelection hopes of vulnerable red-state senators struggling to retain their seats by supporting the nominee.

"As I have said, part of my job as Senator includes thoroughly considering judicial nominations, including to the Supreme Court".

Casey said he opposes the process by which Trump is picking his judges, which he described as choosing from a list of 25 nominees prepared by conservative organizations such as the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.

Speaking on Fox News Monday afternoon, Sen. He was a clerk for Justice Kennedy and has strong ties to the Bush family, both as former staffer to George W Bush and for his legal role in the Florida recount in 2000.

Some Trump supporters who were near the scene said they did not understand the point of the protests, arguing that people need to give the nominee a chance and praising Trump's record as president. The liberals' effort probably will focus on moderate GOP senators, such as Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who might be wary of adding a hard-line conservative and risking decades-old precedents such as Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973.

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