Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

President Trump Narrows It Down To Two Judges

President Trump Narrows It Down To Two Judges

Multiple sources tell ABC News that as of Sunday, the final four individuals Trump is considering for the vacancy are Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman. But some conservatives expressed dismay that Kavanaugh did not declare that the teen had no constitutional right to an elective abortion.

But that doesn't mean Hardiman is out of the mix.

Hardiman, a runner-up when Trump chose Neil Gorsuch as his high court nominee previous year, received a wave of new attention in the weekend discussions, according to two people briefed on the matter but not authorized to speak publicly about it.

Where previous presidents opted for a secretive process in choosing Supreme Court nominees, Mr. Trump publicly eliminated contenders in recent days and hyped his prime-time television reveal - a spectacle more reminiscent of The Apprentice or The Bachelor than the usual procedure for filling a court seat. "So, he would be the easy pick". Both support a woman's right to have an abortion and will be looking for assurances that the nominee would not overturn the Roe v Wade decision establishing abortion rights. He has said the indictment of a president would not serve the public interest.

"Because he has written and spoken prolifically on many issues of deep concern, we believe his positions merit close scrutiny".

McConnell has said he hopes to have a justice in place by the opening of the court's new term in October, and it's possible that a voluminous paper trail could add more time to the review - or at least give Democrats a little more traction on efforts to delay the proceedings. I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here. But the process of vetting the nominee will start right away.

Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring in 2013. Three Democrats up for re-election in states Trump won by double digits in 2016 - Indiana Sen. Any Senator who is serious about protecting the environment and fighting climate change must vote against confirmation. Dick Durbin, the Democratic whip, Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press.

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The Supreme Court building is seen in Washington in this June 26, 2017 photo.

The nominee, a District of Columbia appeals court judge, is a former adviser to ex-President George W Bush. Kavanaugh also did preliminary work that led to Clinton's impeachment for an affair with a White House intern. Kavanaugh's many written opinions provide insight into his thinking and also will be fodder for Senate Democrats who will seek to block his confirmation. He is probably best known for his ties to President George W. Bush. In that hearing, California Sen. And Feinstein's question was criticized as anti-Catholic. Barrett is Catholic and was better known as a professor at Notre Dame before being named a federal judge past year. Kavanaugh needs just 51 votes to be confirmed by the Senate. In another criminal case, he wrote that police do not have to obtain a search warrant to obtain a suspect's cellphone location information.

That could imperil support from Republican moderates in the Senate, especially Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins.

ROY BLUNT: They're good judges. The group says it has reserved air time nationally and in those same states for another four weeks. Bush was among the first to respond to Kavanaugh's nomination Monday night. And often when two factions war with each other over a judicial pick, a different candidate becomes more attractive.

A Yale graduate and devout Catholic who went to a Jesuit high school, he once clerked for Justice Kennedy, the man he would replace.

"When this power is placed in the wrong hands, our justice system can also take our country backwards, whether it's upholding the Muslim ban, attacking the basic civil rights around the right to vote or weakening our protections for immigrants", she said.

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