Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

President Trump narrows Supreme Court shortlist

President Trump narrows Supreme Court shortlist

The Associated Press reports Trump has three top contenders in mind for the vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement last week.

Those include: Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the appeals court in D.C., and Judge Raymond Kethledge of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mike Lee of Utah, who is not regarded as a top contender but who is being pushed by key conservatives.

The President teased his potential pick on social media before the Fourth of July holiday, saying "I interviewed 4 very impressive people yesterday". Knorr praised President Trump for keeping his promises to the pro-life movement, but the ACLU Illinois said a Supreme Court pick should not be about political promises and personal agendas. After all, who knows better that a judge's job is to apply the law as it is - and not to legislate from the bench - than someone who was previously a legislator himself?

"Indeed, numerous worst liberal judicial activists, including William Brennan, John Paul Stevens, and Harry Blackmun - the author of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide - were appointed by Republican presidents". Mike Lee of Utah on Monday.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, advocated for Lee in a Fox News op-ed, warning Trump not to repeat "mistakes" of past Republican presidents by picking a Supreme Court nominee who turns out to be insufficiently conservative. "The American people since Trump became president have gone to airports to protect immigrants, they've marched for women's rights".

Lee's biggest selling point, according to Cruz, is the fact that he's a known commodity, not inclined to deviate from his views if confirmed, and has built relationships with members of the Democratic Party in an increasingly polarized Senate.

President Trump has spoken with seven potential candidates and is set to announce his decision on Monday. "Republicans have run roughshod over traditions to get these Federalist Society nominees approved, and we're making sure that we communicate just how unprecedented this list is - to have specific litmus tests for Supreme Court justices".

Democrats can not block Trump's nominee without help.

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Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mold of Neil Gorsuch, Mr. Trump's first Supreme Court nominee past year.

Tobias said federal appeals court judges Raymond Kethledge of MI and Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland are rumored to be the frontrunners to fill the vacant seat.

Last year President Trump nominated Ms. Barrett for a seat on the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

"If chosen as the nominee, she will be the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and to strike down pre-existing conditions protections in the ACA", he said.

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Schumer also warned the president that it would be "cataclysmic" to his legacy if he nominated someone who would look to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to someone familiar with the call.

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