Monday, 10 December, 2018

Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court, AP reports

US President Donald Trump confers with the media upon arrival at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown New Jersey Trump Expected to Unveil Supreme Court Nominee Monday Night
Jeannette Daniel | 11 July, 2018, 04:26

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) insisted Sunday on NBC News' "Meet the Press" that delaying Trump's nominee as a Democratic bloc is even more important than the reelection hopes of vulnerable red-state senators struggling to retain their seats by supporting the nominee.

Although Trump said during the campaign he would appoint anti-abortion judges who would overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, he said he would not ask candidates about whether they think the ruling should be reversed.

Shah has paused his other White House duties to lead the yet-unnamed nominee through his or her confirmation.

The president said: "Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, who once held a court seat open for almost a year before the 2016 election to keep former President Barack Obama from filling it, lambasted Democrats for announcing their opposition before Trump had decided on a nominee.

President Trump is expected to announce his choice for the Supreme Court Monday night, and the moment the nominee is announced, the battle for confirmation will begin.

The president also tweeted on Saturday: "Big decision will soon be made on our next Justice of the Supreme Court!"

Kavanaugh, 53, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is a favorite of the conservative legal establishment because of his long record on issues ranging from the separation of powers and executive privilege to abortion, immigration and gun rights.

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On average, for Supreme Court nominees who have received hearings, the hearing occurred 39 days after the nomination was formally submitted, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Trump is said to have particularly liked Hardiman's life story. I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is the favored nominee among the religious right.

Hardiman, 53, a judge on the federal court in Philadelphia, is less known in terms of his legal philosophy, but has roots in the working class that could make him attractive to the public. He is also a George W. Bush appointment to the federal bench.

Any of the candidates on Trump's short list would probably move the court to the right. As an appeals court judge, Kethledge authored several notable opinions, including one that upheld the death penalty against a suspect who murdered a woman on federal land and a case in OH that questioned whether private citizens can sue the state for failing to enforce pollution controls. The point is not to put the president above the law or to eliminate checks on the president, but simply to defer litigation and investigations until the president is out of office.

Trump is supposedly favoring Kavanaugh because of those views, per CNN.

With a slim one-vote majority in the Senate, any GOP defections could prove problematic in winning confirmation for Trump's eventual choice - that is, if Democrats hold together in opposition. And, you know, the concern would be that something could pop up going through all those papers that could make him a tougher pick. "And I believe this person will do a great job", Trump told reporters on Sunday afternoon after spending the weekend at his private golf club in New Jersey.

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