Monday, 10 December, 2018

SCOTUS: Trump interviews senator as possible replacement for Kennedy

Donald Trump Interviews Indian American Amul Thapar For US Supreme Court Two NU alumnae on Trump's shortlist for Justice Kennedy replacement
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The senior administration official, though, said the administration is feeling less heat than earlier in this week over the choices, particularly Kavanaugh, and believes the jockeying in general has calmed somewhat.

A GOP lawmaker expected to be a key vote in confirming the next Supreme Court nominee said she will not support a candidate who does not support Roe v. Wade. IL law protects it. Trump conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates.

Costa included a link to an Associated Press story about Lee casting a "protest" vote in the 2016 presidential election for independent candidate Evan McMullin.

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McConnell acknowledged that his fellow Kentuckian, Judge Amul Thapar, is a finalist, but noted, "The competition at this level is pretty intense". He has not yet publicly indicated that he has narrowed the list and could still consider others in the mix. He's still taking input, making calls to Capitol Hill, the official said. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has expressed reservations about one top potential nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, according to a person familiar with the call but not authorized to publicly disclose details of it.

The three leading candidates were all on a list of 25 names released by the president a year ago. Further, the group founded three schools that have won seven Department of Education Blue Ribbon awards, and the late Cardinal Francis George wrote: "In my acquaintance with the People of Praise, I have found men and women dedicated to God and eager to seek and do His divine will".

A new report from a conservative news outlet says President Donald Trump is no longer seriously considering Sen. Mike Lee, a Republican, through Fox said the discussion was not a formal interview.

Lee is a known conservative commodity who has all the credentials.

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The president also spoke by phone with Lee on Monday, as first reported by the Deseret News and later confirmed by the senator's office, which characterized it as an interview.

On Wednesday, Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, reiterated that she could not vote for a nominee with a "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion.

The president is rumored to have three frontrunners for the vacant seat.

"No other nominee fits that mold like Mike Lee", Cruz writes.

Roger Meyers, who clerked for Kethledge from 2009 to 2010, described the judge as "a committed originalist and textualist, which means he shows no favoritism to either side in any case, and instead applies the law as it is written".

Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mold of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee past year. Both Kethledge and Gorsuch once served Kennedy as law clerks, as did Kavanaugh.

Carl Tobias, Williams chair in law at the University of Richmond, Virginia, said: "The dispute over the nominee to replace Justice Kennedy is shaping up to be the most expensive fight in supreme court history, because his vote was the deciding one on many critical issues".

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