Supreme Court Justice Candidates 2018: Trump’s Short List


With Kavanaugh a mere 53 years old, he could serve for a generation or more.

Trump said he will publicly announce his choice to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat Monday night.

Prior to being tapped by Trump, some conservatives questioned Kavanaugh's bona fides, and he's controversial with Democrats because of his role in the Starr investigation of Clinton.

"Tonight, it is my honor and privilege to announce that I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Surpeme Court", Trump said.

He has ruled on hundreds of cases, and contributed to prosecutor Kenneth Starr's report into president Bill Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which outlined several grounds for Clinton's impeachment.

The president said: "Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said in a statement, "I join millions of Americans in congratulating Judge Kavanaugh for his nomination, a well-respected jurist widely regarded for his/her intellect, temperament, as well as for his/her dedication to the Constitution".

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. Some have suggested that he has too long of a paper trail to be confirmed.

Sources have told NPR that those four finalists are all US appeals court judges; Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman.

The finalists are believed to be four federal judges: Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions. He tweeted later Sunday that he was looking forward to the announcement and said an 'exceptional person will be chosen!'

For now, Democrats are piling pressure on Republican Sen.

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Casey is one of the handful of so-called "Red State" Democratic senators who are running for reelection in a state carried by the president in the 2016 election, and who are seen as especially vulnerable this election cycle as a result. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

The nominee must be confirmed by the US Senate, which the Republican president's party narrowly controls 51-49. The two have supported access to abortion services.

All of Trump's top candidates were considered more solidly conservative than Kennedy. At the top of that list is abortion. Other Democrats who represent heavily Republican states will also be under pressure to support the nominee. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. He graduated from Yale Law School and at one point clerked for Kennedy.

Kennedy had voted to preserve the core principles of the high court's 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. His opinions are so well-written and so brilliant.

"What matters is not a judge's political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require". His wife, Ashley, also worked as a personal secretary in the Bush White House. Kavanaugh argued that the employees couldn't vote due to their immigration status. The court's ruling in her favor was based on a constitutional principle, he wrote, "as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in U.S. Government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand".

Heitkamp, Donnelly and Manchin were the three Democratic senators who voted for Trump's last Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, who replaced the late Antonin Scalia on the bench in 2017.

All of the candidates are relatively young and could help shape legal doctrine on the high court for decades to come.

Trump's selection will set up a confirmation showdown in the U.S. Senate, where his fellow Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes. Is there a chance they might break ranks and vote for the nominee? "I was not elected to genuflect to the hard right, who are funded by corporate America".

Earlier Monday, the White House announced that former Arizona Sen.

Kavanaugh is expected to meet in coming days with senators at their offices, going door-to-door in get-to-know-you sessions ahead of confirmation hearings. "Any judge on this list is fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp". This kind of fear mongering they've tried over and over again for 40 years.

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.

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