Supreme court nominee: Trump to announce Kennedy replacement

  • Supreme court nominee: Trump to announce Kennedy replacement

Supreme court nominee: Trump to announce Kennedy replacement

Democrats have sounded the alarm that Trump could shift the ideological balance of the court and thereby place women's reproductive rights, health care and LGBT rights at risk.

Many American Catholics likely supported Kennedy's positions.

MARTIN: Senator Leahy, could you see yourself supporting any of the four nominees President Trump is said to be considering? The president also has been considering federal appeals court Judges Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman. Before that, Kavanaugh served for more than five years in the Bush White House from July 2003 until May 2006.

Mr. Leo said the judges on the president's shortlist are "extraordinarily distinguished people".

Although Trump said during the campaign he would appoint anti-abortion judges who would overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, he said he would not ask candidates about whether they think the ruling should be reversed.

MARTIN: I think it's fair to say Republicans are pretty much thrilled about the potential nominees.

On Monday, Trump phoned retiring Justice Kennedy to inform him that his former law clerk would be nominated to fill his seat.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, said Monday he will oppose appointing whoever President Donald Trump nominates to the Supreme Court. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

The nominee will need at least 50 votes in the Senate, which Republicans now hold a slim advantage at 51 seats. Democratic senators running for re-election in states Trump carried in 2016 will face pressure to back his nominee.

At that time, 51 percent said President Obama should replace Scalia right away, but 43 percent said the choice should be left to the new president elected in November. Other Republican presidents haven't been so lucky.

The White House invited a number of senators to attend the Monday night announcement. I have. I did this when I - and I voted for a lot of Republican nominees. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) are waiting until after Trump announces his nominee before revealing how they will vote.

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens.

Kavanaugh, 53, began his career as a clerk to Kennedy.

At the top of issues that will be closely watched is abortion. Barrett is a former University of Notre Dame law professor (and a graduate of the school; Kavanaugh meanwhile received his undergrad and law degrees from Yale). "What we need to know is that anyone coming onto the Supreme Court is going to uphold the law of the land and particularly a woman's right to decide what happens to her own body". He is also a George W. Bush appointment to the federal bench.

Raymond Kethledge of MI, who also has many high-profile supporters who see him as a positive alternative to the other three.

The Senate must confirm Trump's nominee, who will be backed campaign-style by the White House and conservative legal organizations.

In his remarks, Kavanaugh expressed his view of a judge's role.

On abortion, Kavanaugh voted in October to delay an abortion for a teenage immigrant who was in government custody. His views on abortion are generally unknown, but Kavanaugh was part of a panel that signed an order previous year to prevent an illegal teenage immigrant from getting an abortion. According to The Times, Barry recommended Hardiman to Trump previous year for the Supreme Court vacancy that ultimately went to Gorsuch.

President Donald Trump is expected to make the Supreme Court announcement from the East Room of the White House at 9 p.m. ET Monday.

The issue even prompted moderate Republican Sen. But it was the former Republican leader, Mississippi Sen.

While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight. Jon Kyl of Arizona would guide the nominee through the Senate confirmation process.

Two months after his last Senate term ended in early 2013, Kyl announced that he was joining Covington & Burling, the well-known lobbying firm.

With a slim one-vote majority in the Senate, any GOP defections could prove problematic in winning confirmation for Trump's eventual choice - that is, if Democrats hold together in opposition.