Republicans Optimistic Senate Will Confirm Any of Trump's Supreme Court Picks

10 Julio, 2018, 01:37 | Author: Earnest Bishop
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She pointed to the confirmation process of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993 in which she said that all women should be afforded the right to privacy to make their own decision.

President Trump is expected to announce his choice for Supreme Court justice on Monday evening.

President Donald Trump's top contenders for the vacancy appear to be federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge. That list, approved by several conservative groups, helped him clinch the presidency.

It also underlines that the decision by McConnell to refuse to confirm President Barack Obama's pick for the court, Judge Merrick Garland, before the 2016 election, that could have led to a liberal majority, as one of the most far-reaching gambits in recent political history. The White House said Monday that former Sen.

In return, Hogue said, senators should demand of the nominee in the course of the confirmation process that they give an affirmative declaration that they would uphold Roe v Wade.

Barrett talks about her family in her introductory remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee. He now works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Trump's Monday night nomination will be his second since he entered the White House.

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But it's not going down without a fight. Hardiman was counted as a front runner during last year's nomination that ultimately went to Gorsuch.

The president has spent the days leading up to his announcement discussing the pros and cons of the various options with aides and allies.

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. But the situation appeared to remain fluid.

Democrats are still stinging from Republicans refusing to even grant a hearing to President Barack Obama's choice to serve on the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. He financed his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center by driving a taxi. But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions. He is also former law clerk to Kennedy, as is Kethledge.

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal judge last fall - excited social conservatives since she was questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings previous year, but her brief time on the bench has raised questions about her experience.

Kethledge serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The two groups were key in developing the list of candidates used by President Trump to make a decision. "On Saturday, he tweeted that a 'Big decision" was coming soon. The group says it has reserved air time nationally and in those same states for another four weeks. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on "Fox News Sunday". Dick Durbin of IL on NBC's "Meet the Press" said Sunday. The new justice has the potential to entrench conservative control of the Supreme Court for years to come. "I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here and I expect we'll do that on sort of a normal timetable of a couple of months".

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