Announcement of Trump Supreme Court choice nears

Howard TerryJul 10, 2018

He plans to interview two or three potential candidates. Among women of reproductive age, three out of four want the high court ruling left alone.

Alabama is a state that uses jail to punish pregnant women for possible drug use, has high rates of preventable gynecological cancer deaths, and at least once, used the courts to stop a woman from having an abortion.

While Kavanaugh is the favorite, the other leading contenders are federal judges Raymond Kethledge of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit. Trump will announce his pick Monday night. Trump has told associates that he also likes Barrett, who is the favorite of many social conservatives because of her deeply held Catholic beliefs, and that he was impressed by Hardiman and felt he had good chemistry with Kethledge.

Conservatives and some libertarian-leaning Republicans, including Paul, have raised concerns about Kavanaugh, warning he could disappoint Republicans if his past decisions are a guide.

Here are three things to know about the three candidates on the short list to become a Supreme Court Justice.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the conversation publicly. Democrats may have to flip only one vote during the confirmation process in the U.S. Senate, assuming the party stands together, Anne Lofaso said.

Trump and Pence believe Kavanaugh is considered the safest choice to reel in undecided senators, given his mixed opinions on a wide range of issues, including President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and Roe v. Wade, the sources said. Kavanaugh, who worked on the investigation that led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment, later wrote that he thinks presidents shouldn't have to deal with criminal investigations or civil lawsuits while in office - a view that Trump might find attractive.

McConnell acknowledged that his fellow Kentuckian, Judge Amul Thapar, is a finalist, but noted, "The competition at this level is pretty intense".

After that, 24 of them will remain on what will be the not-quite-it list - a collection of administration-approved conservatives designed by the Federalist Society to appeal to Trump's all-important base of supporters.

Thus began life on The List - the longest and most public collection of potential presidential Supreme Court nominees in history. He's still taking input, making calls to Capitol Hill, the official said. Kavanaugh's close ties to the Bush family, stemming from his five years in the White House under President George W. Bush, might not be a positive to Trump, who has sparred with the Bushes. Indeed, that was the point of promulgating the list during the campaign - to signal to conservatives that Trump would not be as deranged as he otherwise appeared when it came to judicial nominations. Republicans control the chamber 51-49, but Sen. But the second time around, Murkowski could prove to be more hard for the White House to get a solid yes.

Liberal groups prepping for battle over the Supreme Court vacancy say senators who back abortion rights can't settle for statements that the nominee will respect legal precedent.

"She would be an excellent selection for the president".

Collins has said she'd oppose a pick who's hostile toward the Roe v. Wade decision that affirmed the right to abortion.

"This will be a defining moment for President Trump's legacy", Cruz wrote. If Trump chooses her and she is confirmed, she would be the youngest justice on the Supreme Court.

Prior to his stint in the Bush White House, Kavanaugh, along with Kethledge, were law clerks for the outgoing Kennedy at different times in their careers.

Amy Coney Barrett, 46, is a former law clerk to Scalia and was appointed to serve on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals by Trump a year ago.

Barrett's profile rose rapidly past year with conservative groups after her confirmation hearing featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions.

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