Conservatives line up behind possible Trump Supreme Court finalists

08 July, 2018, 02:33 | Author: Carlos George
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The source told Reuters that Amy Coney Barrett of IN, a judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was still IN contention but that the Republican president had been asking more questions about the other two, who have more extensive judicial records. The US President, according to the White House, has interviewed seven candidates from his master list of 25 judges.

Pence met with Kethledge and Coney Barrett while in IN earlier this week, then sat down with Kavanaugh in Washington on Wednesday.

It's important to maintain that caveat, because President Trump has not made a final decision, and it could change.

Asked to name the four candidates on his shortlist, Trump refused but reaffirmed that "I have it down to four". Hardiman is a graduate of Georgetown University and Notre Dame. "I think they're all outstanding".

Liberals are petrified that President Donald J. Trump's Supreme Court pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy could wind up being the deciding vote needed to overturn Roe v. Wade and send the issue of abortion back to the states.

But she added: "No one can give you a definitive answer on what will happen in that scenario".

"It's a great group of intellectual talent", Trump said.

"Am I optimistic that [Trump is] going to nominate somebody that I would feel comfortable about?" said McCaskill.

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Trump nominated Barrett for to the federal bench in May a year ago.

Debates over Kavanaugh's work with Bush and rulings he has made on health care and abortion continued to churn Thursday as critics urged the president to shy away from a judge with an establishment Republican pedigree.

Some conservatives, though, question his bona fides, and he's controversial with Democrats because of his role investigating former President Bill Clinton as part of the Starr investigation.

Cuccinelli's remark was a wry reference to another contender, Coney Barrett, whom social conservatives unsure about Kavanaugh have rallied behind this week. Trump finally nominated judge Neil Gorsuch. Diane Feinstein drew improper focus to Barrett's deep Catholic faith, telling the nominee that "the dogma lives loudly within you".

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a Trump ally, signed a statement Thursday with other conservative leaders pushing for Lee, after days of phone calls with Trump and others over his concerns about Kavanaugh.

Since then, Kavanaugh has worked in the George W. Bush (43) administration, helping him in the Florida recount, as well as at the Justice Department.

But Trump reportedly may jump the gun once he decides on the right person, according to Axios. Then previous year, Senate Democrats filibustered Neil Gorsuch forcing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to change the rules and now Trump's next pick will only require 50 votes to be confirmed. On Wednesday, Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, reiterated that she could not vote for a nominee with a "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion.

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