While Trump has already made one pick for the high court since he became president in January 2017, the vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, announced late last month, has weightier implications.
Who will Trump pick for Supreme Court Justice?
Trump told reporters on Sunday that he is “very close to making a decision” and all four people on the list are “excellent”. Gorsuch met with almost three-quarters of the Senate in advance of his hearings.
As soon as Trump announces his Supreme Court pick, Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative political advocacy organization, says it will start airing ads in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia promoting the nomination.
The potential nominees were narrowed down from a list of 25 administration-approved judges, former judges and one member of Congress, as curated by Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society and Trump’s top Supreme Court adviser.
“Democratic senators running for re-election in Trump Country face an agonizing choice over President Trump’s coming Supreme Court nominee: Vote to confirm the pick and risk demoralizing Democratic voters ahead of the midterm elections, or stick with the party and possibly sacrifice their own seats – and any chance at a Democratic majority in 2019”, the Times reported. She is a well-known conservative whose past comments on abortion drew attention at her Senate confirmation hearing. He has given me a great responsibility to choose a worthy successor. That decision was reversed by the Supreme Court this year in a landmark ruling. Susan Collins said she wouldn’t support a nominee hostile to the court’s precedent in Roe v. Wade – and the conservative Barrett has expressed a willingness to reverse precedent she sees as wrongly decided.
Hardiman went to Notre Dame and Georgetown.
The pollster said the result is comparable to attitudes in February 2016 following the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The updated numbers were given during a court hearing in San Diego federal court Monday morning before U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw, who has been closely monitoring the government’s ability to comply with the order. That decision was later overturned. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1990 and Yale College in 1987. He has the Ivy League credentials Trump desires, but has also been a controversial judge.
Kavanaugh, 53, was first nominated to the appeals court by President George W. Bush in 2003.
With a slim one-vote majority in the Senate, any GOP defections could prove problematic in winning confirmation for Trump’s eventual choice – that is, if Democrats hold together in opposition. He also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr’s investigation of President Bill Clinton.
Kavanaugh, who served as a clerk for Kennedy, has been praised for having a range of legal opinions but some conservatives worry about his commitment to abortion and other social issues.
Judge Kavanaugh recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to have an abortion.
Kethledge went to the University of Michigan, and then Michigan Law, where he graduated second in his class. The barn office has no internet connection and uses a wood stove for heat. He co-authored a book with Army veteran Mike Erwin of The Positivity Project published previous year called “Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude”.