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Americans want Senate to move quickly on Supreme pick

Donald Trump urged to avoid controversial Supreme Court pick Democratic Senators Issue Last-Minute Warnings About Trump's Supreme Court Pick
Ellis Copeland | 11 July, 2018, 00:06

On the same day Kennedy announced his retirement, Casey took to Twitter, writing, "If an individual from the list provided to candidate Donald Trump by far-right organizations like the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society is nominated, then I am highly unlikely to support that nominee".

Kavanaugh told the president Monday night as he took the microphone to accept his nomination that he was "grateful to you" and "humbled by your confidence in me".

"I have long heard that the most important decision a U.S. President can make is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice - Will be announced tonight at 9:00 P.M. (0100 GMT Tuesday)", Trump tweeted early Monday, after a weekend spent weighing his decision at his New Jersey golf club.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said some Democrats could defect from the party. Heitkamp opposes public funding of abortion but has argued that reproductive decisions should be made by women, their families and their doctors.

"If you're a conservative Republican, the four people named-particularly Thomas Hardiman, I'm glad he's on the list-are all winners, and every Republican should embrace these picks".

Republicans hold a narrow majority in the Senate, 51 to 49. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are potential swing votes in the coming Senate confirmation battle. Hardiman was on the president's short list when he nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. A source close to the White House told us he has a flawless record. Barrett is a member of the obscure Catholic group People of Praise, which Vox reports requires members to "swear an oath of loyalty and give each other input on personal life decisions". While that argument won't sway Republicans, their strategy could stiffen Democratic resolve to oppose the nominee.

While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight.

Speaking at the White House, Kavanaugh pledged to preserve the Constitution and said that "a judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Kavanaugh has an extensive paper trail that could potentially enable Democrats to stretch the confirmation beyond the 2018 midterm election.

What McConnell reportedly said about Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees
He also spoke to Vice President Mike Pence and White House Counsel Don McGahn - who had subtly pushed Kavanaugh's candidacy. Bush said, while his brother, dubbed "low energy" Jeb by Trump during the 2016 campaign, also praised the pick on Twitter .


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Their one defeat came against Belgium in their final group game, in a match between two essentially reserve sides. But there is less pressure on them now.


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"As chief justice, he plays a special role in trying to shepherd the court's reputation and legacy through a fraught political time", she said. "Casey is refusing to even consider the President's #SCOTUS nominee".

Kavanaugh ruled in one case involving abortion past year and is considered a likely opponent of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

"There are differences among the four of them that might show up in how they write their opinions, how they interact with their colleagues, what they do in their spare time, but I don't think those differences are going to be reflected in any of their votes", he said. "Maybe a handful of Democrats will vote for a Trump pick because they have to politically". Previously, Collins voted for Gorsuch because of his belief in the significance of precedent.

The president also tweeted on Saturday: "Big decision will soon be made on our next Justice of the Supreme Court!" Many, including Leo, believe that it was a major contributing factor to his victory in 2016.

Kavanaugh served under President George W. Bush which is partly why some have labeled him as more of an establishment choice. Michigan's Kethledge is on the 6th Circuit, while Indiana's Barrett is on the 7th Circuit.

It wasn't just Supreme Court nominees who needed 60 votes - federal judges and cabinet secretaries needed them as well. Barrett, in her mid-40s, is a judge for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; she was nominated by Trump. But the situation appeared to remain fluid.

Barrett has a thin resume as a judge but has amassed a formidable and respected body of scholarly work.

A fellow judge there, Maryanne Trump Barry, one of the president's sisters, reportedly has recommended him to her brother.

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