Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee

  • Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee

Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee

President Donald Trump has already placed one justice on the court, Neil Gorsuch, and says he wants to choose a "great one" to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Meanwhile, 24 percent bet on Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and 7 percent bet on Judge Raymond Kethledge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Momentum appeared to be with Kavanaugh and Hardiman, though the process remained fluid.

It is a high-profile vetting process that will kick off with the public event at the White House on Monday night. They may need every Republican senator to secure the seat without Democratic help. Kennedy, a member of the Judiciary Committee, which will get the first chance to question the nominee, predicted a "rough, tough, down in the dirt, ear-pulling, nose-biting fight". But four Democrats from states Trump won in 2016 voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year, leaving the Republicans room for error.

The announcement will set in a motion a brutal - and expensive - political battle over Trump's supreme court nominee.

"My goal, first and foremost, has always been to find people to serve on the court who believe in the Constitution as it's written, and that's really what drives the conservative legal movement", Leo said. At the top of that list is abortion. Although the statement is undoubtedly accurate, it is likely to be seized on by supporters of abortion rights as they try to convince moderate Republican senators that Barrett might vote to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision declaring a woman's constitutional right to abortion.

Leonard Leo, who took leave from the Federalist Society to advise Trump on the nomination process, told ABC's "This Week" that Trump could line up conservative support for any of the four picks.

"I know the people in this room well; they do not stand and give applause like that very often", Trump bragged after naming his choice.

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After Republicans won control of the Senate in 2014, McConnell became leader — and the confirmation of Obama's nominees started grinding to halt. Republicans meanwhile are lobbying the White House on behalf of their preferred candidate. Few have had any sleep in Bedminster, N.J., as deliberations continue over the pros and cons of the potential nominees, and no one is sure which way the president is going to go, the source said. Kavanaugh said, "My judicial philosophy is straightforward". Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Doug Jones of Alabama to attend the evening White House announcement, but all declined to attend. In three of the states targeted, incumbent Democratic senators are running for reelection this year: Sen.

Trump's choice, if confirmed by the Senate, will have a major voice on landmark cases for years to come. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. SCOTUSblog, which covers actions of the Supreme Court, said his opinions have shown an "originalist approach to the Second Amendment right to bear arms", and that he "has not weighed in directly on issues relating to abortion" - two hot-button issues. The White House has been preparing information materials on all four, who were part of a longer list of 25 names vetted by conservative groups.

Brett Kavanaugh of Washington, D.C.