Trump narrows Supreme Court nominee to 4 names ahead of today's announcement

Hannah Rogers
July 10, 2018

After less than two weeks of deliberations, Trump is set to announce Monday at 9 p.m. ET his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a choice that could well affect the court, and Americans' constitutional rights, for a generation.

Trump prefaced the reveal with a brief address, saying that like President Reagan before him, he was looking for "judges who apply the Constitution as written". After winning confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year, Trump has teased his latest options for days, after narrowing down his list of prospects to four federal appeals-court judges: Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman. The official said Trump decided on Kavanaugh because of his large body of jurisprudence cited by other courts, describing him as a judge that other judges read.

The 53-year-old Kavanaugh, who clerked for Kennedy and who now sits on the USA court of appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court, emphasized in his remarks accepting the nomination the importance of judicial independence.

"We have ample examples from the past several years of judges who have sworn in their confirmation hearings to respect precedent, and then reverse their stand once on the court", Schumer said on the Senate floor Monday, arguing that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch violated the precedents they said they would adhere to.

The Kentucky Republican had already led the Senate in confirming more circuit court judges in the first year of Donald Trump's presidency than in that of any other president in history.

Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME has said she couldn't support a nominee that doesn't respect legal precedent and would overturn the "settled law" of Roe V. Wade.

"I'm open to voting yes". Yet the GOP has a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, with Arizona Sen.

The Supreme Court, sitting atop one of the three branches of American government, "has grown in importance over the past few decades", Burrus said. He also says he is "deeply honored" to be nominated to fill the seat of Kennedy, for whom he clerked.

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"I'll exercise the judicial power with modesty and restraint", Kavanaugh said at his swearing-in ceremony. He served in the Solicitor General's Office at the Justice Department and worked on President Bill Clinton-related investigations in the Office of the Independent Counsel under Kenneth W. Starr. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will vote on the court nominee in the fall.

Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama has replaced Republican Sen.

Kennedy long served as the tie-breaking swing vote between the Supreme Court's conservatives and liberals, and his departure handed Trump an opportunity to place a decidedly conservative stamp on the bench. Gorsuch, Trump's first pick, is 50.

With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Trump's choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November's midterm elections.

Kethledge, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, is a former Kennedy clerk and a former in-house lawyer at Ford Motor Co. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., would guide the nominee through the confirmation process, including preparing for meetings with senators. She also joined just five other Republicans in voting against putting Holmes on a USA district court in Arkansas in 2004.

Kavanaugh's biography includes his times in two Boston Marathons, his coaching experience for his two daughters' basketball teams and his regular participation in services at a Catholic church in Washington.

Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia will be prime targets.

"The indictment and trial of a sitting President, moreover, would cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the worldwide or domestic arenas", Kavanaugh wrote in a 2012 piece titled "Separation of Powers During the FortyFourth Presidency and Beyond" for the Minnesota Law Review.

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