Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Trump Zeros in on Supreme Court Pick

Trump Zeros in on Supreme Court Pick

White House officials close to the U.S. president say personality will be as important a factor as politics in the decision, a strategy Mr Trump has taken with previous high-profile appointments.

Trump is not naming names, but says he'll decide by the weekend and announce his pick Monday night at 8PM CST.

Trump has said that after he finishes interviewing he will select his nominee to replace Kennedy by Monday.

The three are Judges Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge with Kavanaugh and Barrett as the top two at the moment. Trump adds that he thinks "they're all outstanding".

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A constitutional lawyer who met his wife while clerking for Chief Justice John Roberts, Hawley is in his element when he declares that McCaskill has "been wrong on every single court nominee since she has been running for the Senate or in the Senate". Because she was just confirmed, we know that constitutionalists and conservatives backed her; we know the Senate leadership fought for her confirmation with press conferences, floor speeches, and the final vote. And some reports say the president has narrowed the field to two or three and Lee is not among them.

While his stance on hot-button issues like abortion or gay rights are not clearly delineated, Kethledge wrote an opinion in 2014 that upheld private employers' ability to use credit checks to screen potential employees, striking down an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit.

Judge Barrett also clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and taught at the University of Notre Dame School of Law. He has a personal connection to the president, having served with Trump's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "We're going to hit a home run", said Trump.

Brian Fallon, executive director of progressive group Demand Justice, also stated, "Neil Gorsuch said that Roe was precedent and just as recently as last month sided with [the] majority in turning over a 40-year-old precedent in [the] Janus case". "The American people since Trump became president have gone to airports to protect immigrants, they've marched for women's rights".

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"I'll have a decision made in my mind by Sunday", the president also said.

Kavanaugh played a key role in drafting the Starr report, which urged the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. If the present Senate is unwilling to confirm the best nominee, then the seat can remain vacant during the election, and the people will elect a Senate who will confirm the best nominee.

Kethledge described in the book how, while clerking for Kennedy, he "walked alone around the Capitol and the Supreme Court building when thinking through a case". Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen.

President Obama introduces federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland as his nominee for the Supreme Court on March 16, 2016.

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The president told reporters that the process to replace Kennedy on the high court will "begin immediately".

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