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

Supreme court nominee: Trump to announce Kennedy replacement

Supreme court nominee: Trump to announce Kennedy replacement

Multiple sources tell ABC News that as of Sunday, the final four individuals Trump is considering for the vacancy are Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman.

President Donald Trump is going down to the wire as he makes his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, but he says with his final four options "you can't go wrong".

Who will Trump pick for Supreme Court Justice?

What McConnell reportedly said about Trump's... "It's - well, let's just say it's the four people". I think each and every one of them take [s] that seriously, that personally.

John Kyl, who served as Senate minority whip from late 2007 to 2013, will act as "sherpa" for President Donald Trump's next Supreme Court nominee. "Any judge on this list is fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp..."

Anticipation was high on Capitol Hill in the hours leading up to the announcement.

The White House noted Kyl served on the Senate Judiciary Committee "during the confirmations of 4 of the last 5 justices who have joined the Supreme Court".

I look forward to making an announcement soon so that we can further strengthen and protect liberty and justice for all.

Trump and his advisers remain confident the Senate will confirm the president's second nominee.

They are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to wait until after the November election to schedule a hearing and vote. But the process of vetting the nominee will start right away.

Conservatives will focus on moderate Democrats running for re-election in Trump country, such as Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin.

If as expected Trump nominates someone firmly to the right, conservatives could dominate the court for years. "And I believe this person will do a great job", Trump said. Trump made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon (NZ time). "Whoever is nominated, whoever he or she is, if they're confirmed, they're going to be there for a long time".

A Yale graduate and devout Catholic who went to a Jesuit high school, he once clerked for Justice Kennedy, the man he would replace. In another criminal case, he wrote that police do not have to obtain a search warrant to obtain a suspect's cellphone location information. That decision was reversed by the Supreme Court this year in a landmark ruling. Barletta was elected to the U.S. House in 2010-a Republican "wave" year-and was also rumored to be on Trump's short list for labor secretary during the transition. She then taught at Notre Dame Law from 2002 until 2017. She was a law clerk for Scalia.

On average, for Supreme Court nominees who have received hearings, the hearing occurred 39 days after the nomination was formally submitted, according to the Congressional Research Service. "She wrote that "there is little reason to think that reversals [of past decisions] would do much damage" to the court's reputation".

Hardiman has a personal connection to the president, having served with Trump's sister on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. He financed his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center by driving a taxi. As an appeals court judge, Kethledge authored several notable opinions, including one that upheld the death penalty against a suspect who murdered a woman on federal land and a case in OH that questioned whether private citizens can sue the state for failing to enforce pollution controls. He also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton. The opinion, written for a three-judge panel, was eventually overturned by the full court.

In his remarks, Kavanaugh expressed his view of a judge's role. And that is a big if.

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