President Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick; 3 judges top list

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06 July, 2018

Trump's choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, often a swing vote among the nine justices, has the potential to remake the high court for a generation.

In contrast to the admittedly narrow criticisms of Kethledge and Kavanaugh, Christian conservatives are nearly uniformly backing Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a U.S. Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

"Outside of war and peace, of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge, if you get it", Trump said. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights.

According to Fox News, the Commander-in-Chief has "completed the interview process" and has reduced his list of 25 people to just three nominees; with inside sources saying the possibilities have narrowed to Appeals Court Judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, and Amy Coney Barrett.

During Fourth of July festivities at the White House, Trump asked friends and advisers about Kavanaugh and Kethledge, in particular, they added, prompting much of Trump's circle to believe those two contenders could be the top finalists. He conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates. He could still consider others in the mix.

Since President Trump said his short list includes at least two women, speculation has focused on Barrett, a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who serves on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lee, who steadfastly refused to endorse Trump, revealed his vote for president on election night.

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Mr. Trump's misleading statements to the news media, his miasma of tweets and his protracted public debate over whether to speak with Mr. Mueller could all be used against him, even if the special counsel declines to accuse the president of obstruction of justice.

Claire McCaskill (D) is already one of the most vulnerable lawmakers up for re-election in November - President Trump won her state by 19 points in 2016 - and the looming Supreme Court vote is playing right into her Republican opponent's hand, Politico reports.

Some court-watchers are concerned that Barrett has been too explicit on abortion to be confirmable. Kethledge, of MI, is a judge on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Separately, Coney Barrett has earned a sharp rebuke from the left, amid concerns by abortion-rights groups that she would be likely to overturn Roe v. Wade. Her confirmation hearing drew national attention after Democratic Sen.

A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Hardiman would be the only justice who didn't attend an Ivy League law school, if confirmed. The Senate confirmed him in May 2006. Additionally, three Democrats - including Donnelly and Manchin - supported Barrett when Trump nominated her to the bench past year. Mike Lee (R-Utah) to the post instead "because there is not a single soul out there who can doubt that a Justice Mike Lee would remain true to the convictions he has fought for his entire life". Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is strongly encouraging President Donald Trump to nominate his colleague Sen.

She was followed by Justice William Atuguba, who is one of the longest-serving judges of the Supreme Court.


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