President Trump Names New Supreme Court Justice

  • President Trump Names New Supreme Court Justice

President Trump Names New Supreme Court Justice

Mr. Trump has reportedly narrowed his list down to four names: Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Judge Thomas Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Raymond Kethledge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Republicans now hold a 51-49 majority, but Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) is battling brain cancer and is unlikely to be present for a vote.

"It is my honour and privilege to announce that I will nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court", Trump said late on Monday from the White House. But some Democrats accused him of excessive partisanship and it took three years before the Senate eventually voted to confirm him. It is unclear whether Senator John McCain, a Republican, will vote as he is undergoing brain cancer treatment.

"President Trump is now a subject of an ongoing criminal investigation, and any nomination of a Supreme Court justice while that investigation continues is unacceptable because of the clear conflict of interest inherent in the President installing someone who could be the deciding vote on a number of potential issues from that investigation that could come before the Court", Booker added. "So red-state Democrats are going to have a very hard decision". Sara Benesh, a Supreme Court expert at the University of Wisconsin, said the expansion of LGBTQ rights in the US has been widely enough accepted that there is little appetite to overturn the court's landmark 2015 decision.

His appointment will not change the ideological tilt of a court that already has a 5-4 conservative majority, but he could nevertheless shift the bench further right.

With the Senate's Republican leadership saying it aims to complete the confirmation process before November's midterm elections, Democrats were nearing panic mode. Rand Paul of Kentucky had expressed concerns but tweeted that he looked forward to meeting with Kavanaugh "with an open mind". Though Kennedy is a conservative, he was often a swing vote on big decisions, such as same-sex marriage, abortion and affirmative action. That view has particular relevance as special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign played any role in a foreign interference plot. But in terms of selecting his nominee, the president said he would not use Roe v. Wade as a litmus test for a nominee. That decision was later overturned.

Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, are pro-abortion and have said they would vote against a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade. Previously, Collins voted for Gorsuch because of his belief in the significance of precedent. The new justice has the potential to entrench conservative control of the Supreme Court for years to come. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington. In Priests for Life v HHS, a case that raised the question of whether or not the contraception mandate in ObamaCare could be applied to religious organizations, Kavanaugh's dissented and stood for religious freedom.

Barrett has a thin resume as a judge but has amassed a formidable and respected body of scholarly work.

Kavanaugh's connections to the Bush family go back decades. Hardiman was on the president's short list when he nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. "Let's just say it's the four people". Kavanaugh went to Yale and Yale Law School; every other justice now serving on the high court got his or her law degree either from Yale or from Harvard.

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

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.