The Trump Presidency: Trump is due to announce pick for Supreme Court

  • The Trump Presidency: Trump is due to announce pick for Supreme Court

The Trump Presidency: Trump is due to announce pick for Supreme Court

Hardiman, who was runner-up to Neil Gorsuch as the president's Supreme Court pick previous year, made a comeback on Trump's shortlist this weekend in part because of the president's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who serves with Hardiman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. For 10 months they refused to even hold a hearing on the vacant seat that had previously been held by Justice Scalia, after President Obama nominated an eminently confirmable moderate judge.

We can not afford to allow Donald Trump to give lifetime terms on our courts to even more justices who would undermine or abolish these rights, rights that are fundamental to ensuring that all Americans enjoy liberty, justice, and equality.

U.S. Court of Appeals Judges Raymond Kethledge, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman are all in the running as final candidates.

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

Ahead of the decision, Trump has built suspense about who his pick will be. The appellate court judge in Washington has a "slight" advantage, John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation, who helped shape Trump's list of possible justices, said Sunday on Fox News. "And I think of the four people I have it down to three or two".

While the U.S. Senate once required a 60-vote supermajority to overcome blocking tactics against Supreme Court nominees, the Republican majority changed the rules previous year during the debate on Justice Neil Gorsuch.

These and other Democrats must now make this fateful, fearful decision: Is it better to preserve the political prospects of Democrats in the November mid-term elections and win back the Senate, or is it better to oppose a Trump nominee who will rule on cases for decades and hope for the best in their re-election battles?

Kavanaugh, 53, was picked by former President George W. Bush to serve on the influential Washington-based appeals court in 2003.

Still, Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the Republican leadership, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that the Senate "can confirm any of the four names being mentioned".

US President Donald Trump is still deliberating on Supreme Court pick. During a presidential debate in 2016, Trump said Wade would be "automatically" overturned if he had the opportunity to appoint multiple justices.

Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them". I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here. He said all four judges on Mr. Trump's shortlist are highly qualified to fill the vacancy on the highest court.

The president and White House officials involved in the process have fielded calls and messages and have been on the receiving end of public pleas and op-eds for or against specific candidates since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer. Susan Collins, of ME, to speak out, told Stephanopoulos last week that a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade "would not be acceptable", because it indicates an "activist agenda" she didn't want to see in a judge.

But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

"If the president came out and said I'm nominating Thomas Jefferson, the Democrats would object".

The bottom line: Judge Barrett has given every indication that she will be an activist judge on the Court.