Battle lines drawn over abortion ahead of Trump's supreme court pick

09 July, 2018, 03:32 | Author: Bert Pena
  • For both Republicans and Democrats the Supreme Court looks to be on the agenda in the midterm elections

"The president ran on the Supreme Court issue and that greatly enthused voters", said Leonard Leo of the conservative Federalist Society, who is advising Trump on his pick, on ABC's "This Week".

Mr Trump is likely to announce his nominees to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday. Foreseeing inevitable news break-ins to offer coverage and analysis, broadcasters are rejiggering their primetime lineups so as to keep too much fresh summer fare from being preempted. Trump has since downplayed those remarks, indicating in a recent interview with Fox News that his advisors have discouraged him from asking potential nominees outright if they would vote to overturn the Roe precedent. Kavanaugh and Kethledge are both former clerks for Kennedy, while Coney Barret is a University of Notre Dame Law School professor.

Thapar was on the shortlist of candidates after judge Antonin Scalia died in 2016.

A leading Democratic senator suggested that President Donald Trump is making himself "a puppet" by selecting a Supreme Court nominee from a list compiled by conservative groups.

"I'm very close to making a decision", Trump said.

While the U.S. Senate once required a 60-vote supermajority to overcome blocking tactics against Supreme Court nominees, the Republican majority changed the rules previous year during the debate on Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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Before boarding Air Force One en route to Washington, Trump said he was considering four people and that of those under consideration, "you can't go wrong".

Kavanaugh is said to have the inside track within the White House, including the support of White House Counsel Don McGahn, who's supervising the search. This will be 6.30 am IST, 10 July.

"It is extraordinary", Blumenthal said.

"I think in regards to Kethledge and Tom Hardiman they are a little less known by conservatives and their records are a little bit lighter so it might take some time", Leo told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

"I'll have a decision made in my mind by Sunday". "And I believe this person will do a great job".

Mr Trump had on Friday discussed the nomination with Vice President Mike Pence in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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