Murkowski wants Kennedy-like high court nominee

Rosalie Gross
July 5, 2018

Meanwhile, conservatives appear to be rallying around her. Phillip Jauregui, president of the Judicial Action Group, writes that he has reviewed all 25 people on Mr Trump's Supreme Court candidate list, and Ms Barrett was the name all "conservative constitutionalists" should support.

Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and it's even closer because of the absence of ailing Sen.

Democrats only need one Republican to side with them in blocking such a nominee and abortion-rights leaning Collins could help.

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. In an unusually direct appeal to voters, he said that to block "an ideological nominee", people should "tell your senators" to oppose anyone from Trump's list. Such an important decision and we're going to give you a great one.

Earlier, Trump interviewed three potential replacements for Justice Kennedy, a White House statement revealed. There were the four interviews Monday, as well as a conversation with Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah on Monday.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the administration, holding that despite the president's rhetoric, the ban was facially neutral.

Another candidate considered a top contender is Joan Larsen, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati.

President Donald Trump is in the process of picking a replacement for outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and at least two MI judges are being closely considered. In every one of the past year's 19 cases decided by 5-4 votes, he came out against the four Democratic-appointed justices.

Sanders said Monday that White House Counsel Don McGahn will lead the overall process.

Trump and Putin to hold talks in Helsinki in mid-July
Bolton also said he discussed Russia's annexation of Crimea with Putin and his aides during a 90-minute meeting. Another source noted that always "agreed it was hard to know what Trump might say when he met Putin".

"All the hysteria over Trump and also this nomination has revealed the religious intolerance as well", Campos-Duffy said on "Fox & Friends".

Trump plans to reveal his selection by Monday.

Paul's office did not respond to requests for comment. Some also raised concern about his approach to the Affordable Care Act. That makes them more likely than other senators in their party to support his nominee for the court. The senator's office characterized the call as an interview, but the White House would only say the two spoke.

But Trump's potential picks have a sharp divide between those with a long service on the circuit courts and those who are brand new, setting up what could be very different confirmation battles in terms of the contours of the fight.

The former Notre Dame law professor and clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a conservative icon, went from relatively anonymity to a favourite of the evangelical right when Mr Trump nominated her to the Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals. Kethledge, a Michigan Law graduate, would add academic diversity to a court steeped in the Ivy League. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former Sen. Spence Abraham, who hired Kethledge as a young staffer in the 1990s. "He is looking for individuals that have the right intellect, the right temperament, and that will uphold the Constitution". She attended St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School in Metairie and St. Mary's Dominican High in New Orleans. "She also has shown the courage to maintain these principles once on the Supreme Court".

But her short tenure on the bench may work against her.

During his 2016 campaign and presidency, Trump has embraced anti-abortion groups and vowed to appoint federal judges who will favor efforts to roll back abortion rights.

President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees tend to fall into two categories.

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