Trump Expected to Unveil Supreme Court Nominee Monday Night

  • Trump Expected to Unveil Supreme Court Nominee Monday Night

Trump Expected to Unveil Supreme Court Nominee Monday Night

President Donald Trump is to announce his US Supreme Court pick on Monday, an intensely anticipated decision that opposition Democrats say will likely push the bench rightward with explosive implications for the country.

Liberals also took issue with the presence of Leonard Leo, the Federalist Society's executive vice president, who is now on leave from the group of conservative attorneys and scholars to work with Trump's Supreme Court nomination team.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh built a solidly conservative record during his 12 years on the appeals court in Washington that decides consequential cases on health care, the environment and other major governmental policies. Barrett is a former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia. 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.

"I look forward to the Senate moving forward with a fair & thorough confirmation process", McCain tweeted.

A fellow judge there, Maryanne Trump Barry, one of the president's sisters, reportedly has recommended him to her brother.

The Times says Trump has recently been asking associates about Hardiman, and has also been talking about Barrett and Kavanaugh.

This time, the Republicans have a simple majority in the Senate (51 votes needed), but in an election year anything can happen. Both are conservative jurists in the mold of Trump's previous Supreme Court pick, Gorsuch. During her confirmation hearings a year ago after she was nominated for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, she was pressed about the impact her Catholic religious beliefs have on her decisions.

A Yale Law graduate, Kavanaugh started his career as associate counsel with Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor who investigated former President Bill Clinton's extramarital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, helping draft the report recommending Clinton's impeachment.

Trump has often clashed with Republican leadership, even publicly, and his decision to nominate Kavanaugh could stir up problems between him and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The president also has been considering federal appeals court Judges Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman. The ad is expected to feature an introductory bio on the president's yet-to-be-named Supreme Court nominee. He also has taken an expansive view of executive power and has favored limits on investigating the president.

Hearings for the most recent nominees to the Supreme Court have lasted four or five days, though there were 11 days of hearings for Robert Bork's nomination in 1987. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. But I'm very close to making a decision.

Casey, who promotes himself as a moderate, relatively pro-life Democrat, could encounter reelection difficulties in the key swing state Trump carried in 2016 by unilaterally opposing the president's nominee. She is a well-known conservative whose past comments on abortion drew attention at her Senate confirmation hearing.

Schumer and other Democratic senators have blasted Trump for having chosen Kavanaugh from a list pre-approved by rightwing outside groups, including the conservative Federalist Society. Now, however, FRC head Tony Perkins seems somewhat less enthusiastic because of Kavanaugh's abortion ruling, a sign that he may not endorse overturning Roe v. Wade outright.