Cavanaugh and Hardiman are Trump's leading SCOTUS picks, internet betting site says

Blanche Robertson
July 11, 2018

"Casey's willingness to oppose any nominee off of a list that includes judges he has previously voted for shows he will oppose President Trump at all costs, even when doing so makes him look like a partisan hack". Stream it here at 9 p.m. Eastern.

The President made the announcement Monday in a prime-time televised address, calling Kavanaugh a person with "a proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

Barrett, the only woman under consideration, has the support of Sean Hannity, the Fox News host and close Trump ally, who played golf with the president in New Jersey on Sunday.

If the party sticks together, the president's choice will be sitting on the Supreme Court when its new term starts in October.

"They're good judges", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Kavanaugh, a former clerk for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, is the leading contender for the SCOTUS position. And the government's task won't get any easier: A second deadline asks officials to reunite 3,000 older children in two weeks. Ten Democrats from states that Trump won are up for re-election this fall and will be under tremendous pressure to back the president's nominee.

Trump called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time", saying he is "considered a judge's judge and a true thought leader among his peers". He is also a George W. Bush appointment to the federal bench. But a couple of concerns have arisen. He was an author of the Starr Report, which urged the House to impeach the president for lying about a sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Also, just a lot of material for vetters to go through. He's written 286 opinions, which is the most of any current judge under consideration. "We have to pick one that's going to be there for 40 years, 45 years".

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

Ms Collins has said she will not vote for any candidate who threatens abortion rights.

But Trump's pick, whoever he or she may be, must survive a Senate confirmation before reaching the Supreme Court.

"She's really outstanding", Hatch said. And Feinstein's question was criticized as anti-Catholic. Both support a woman's right to have an abortion and will be looking for assurances that the nominee would not overturn the Roe v Wade decision establishing abortion rights. Dianne Feinstein past year during her confirmation hearing to the federal bench. Susan Collins, of ME, to speak out, told Stephanopoulos last week that a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade "would not be acceptable", because it indicates an "activist agenda" she didn't want to see in a judge.

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The prime minister has warned the Tory party it must unite or face the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn in power. This is a possibility, particularly now Mr Johnson has followed Mr Davis out of the door.

MARTIN: So who's left on the president's short list?

Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year.

Shah has paused his other White House duties to lead the yet-unnamed nominee through his or her confirmation. He's been vetted before. He's an evangelical Christian, has a long judicial record, no real controversy on Capitol Hill.

MCCAMMON: Well it's something he needs to think about, for sure.

"Thank you, and God Bless America".

He has ordered the DOJ and the ACLU to continue to work together to locate parents who have been scattered around the USA and world to make the other reunifications happen quickly.

Three children were found to have crossed the border with parents who have criminal backgrounds that make them unfit to care for their children, while another three children crossed with adults who were found not to be their parents, Fabian said. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. He's going to Brussels for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in the middle of the week.

It is a high-profile vetting process that will kick off with the public event at the White House on Monday night.

Much of the groundwork for a successful confirmation comes in private meetings that the nominee will have with individual senators in the coming weeks.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "And I expect we will do that on sort of a normal timetable, a couple of months". And then McConnell has said he'd like to see someone confirmed before the court returns in early October.

MARTIN: All right. NPR's Sarah McCammon for us this morning.

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