Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

One of the judges on Trump's shortlist, Amy Coney Barrett, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Donnelly's home state of in - a factor that could make the lawmaker more likely to vote in favor should Barrett be the nominee.

The Federalist Society does not take legal or policy positions, and members regularly debate the proper approach to health care policy, taxes and other issues, wrote Jonathan Adler, a society member and law professor at Case Western University, for The Washington Post past year. They must defend 10 seats in the Senate in states that President Trump won. "For these and other reasons, we are calling on citizens to urge their senators to firmly oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as a Justice on the United States Supreme Court".

He says he will fight the nomination "with everything I have". Like Trump's first nominee past year, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare. But she famously clashed with Senator Dianne Feinstein during her confirmation hearing past year to be an appeals court judge. And, you know, the concern would be that something could pop up going through all those papers that could make him a tougher pick. Dianne Feinstein told Barrett, a Catholic, that "the dogma lives loudly within you", suggesting her faith would influence her judicial decisions, a statement that was roundly criticized.

Trump has reportedly narrowed down his search to four candidates, Thomas Hardiman of Pittsburgh, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, and Raymond Kethledge.

But his court record and his status as a Beltway insider could also pose problems for the 53-year-old judge.

Kyl will be guiding the nominee on Capitol Hill and introducing them to Senators as part of his duties, but Trump has not yet indicated who he will ultimately pick.

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Trump indeed said during the 2016 campaign that he would put "pro-life justices on the court", thrilling his grassroots base although polls show most Americans support abortion rights. He financed his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center by driving a taxi.

In his presidency of less than two years, this would be his second Supreme Court judge nomination. Justice Kennedy devoted his career to securing liberty. He had previously worked with independent counsel Kenneth Starr in the investigation of President Bill Clinton, and was involved in the Florida presidential vote recount in 2000. In a recent case involving abortion and immigration, he wrote a decision that temporarily barred a pregnant teenager in immigration custody from obtaining an abortion. He has written roughly 300 opinions as a judge, authored several law journal articles, regularly taught law school classes and spoken frequently in public.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 majority, making any efforts by Democrats to thwart Trump's nominee an uphill battle.

"I'll be deciding tonight or tomorrow sometime by 12 o'clock", he said.

"I'm open to voting yes". Doug Jones, D-Ala. said in a Sunday interview on CNN's State of the Union.

A senior White House official says Trump called Kavanaugh on Sunday evening (local time) to inform him that he was his choice to be nominated to the Supreme Court.

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