Supreme Court Nominees List Narrowed to Seven

05 July, 2018, 06:43 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • Sen. Cantwell weighs in on SCOTUS pick

But he told reporters on Friday that he would not question potential high-court nominees about their views on abortion, saying it was "inappropriate to discuss". Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has expressed reservations about Kavanaugh's candidacy, according to a person familiar with the call.

Trump is expected to announce his pick from the list, which now comprises over 25 judges from across the country, on July 9.

Paul's objections echo those made by outside conservative groups over Kavanaugh, who is seen by some as to much an establishment-aligned choice. The people deserve a say, too. There were the four interviews Monday, as well as a conversation with Republican Sen. Mike Lee on Monday.

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

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Sri Srinivasan, a judge on the DC circuit court of appeals, came closest to be named but lost in one-to-one toss up in 2016, when President Barack Obama went with Merrick Garland, whose nomination was blocked by a Republican-controlled United States senate. Trump has spoken to eight candidates so far, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said. The person did not specify which candidates Pence met with and spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday to describe the private search process.

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

Paul's office did not respond to requests for comment. He sided with the court's liberals by voting in favor of abortion rights and gay rights in some cases. He also pointed to Barrett's past statements on the Affordable Care Act and contraception.

Republicans control the Senate by only a slim majority, making it important for Trump's nominee to win the support of all Republican members, including moderates. The senator's office characterized the call as an interview, but the White House would only say the two spoke. Democrats bailed, which Republicans knew would happen when they put the amendment on the bill, which they opposed because they don't want to stabilize Obamacare but to stomp it dead - no matter any Trump commitment, to speak oxymoronically.

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Pluses: She rocketed to the top of Trump's list with a stellar performance during her confirmation last fall, when Democrats cited her deep Catholic faith as a potential problem.

His departure means President Trump will now have another opportunity to nominate a judge to the highest court in the U.S. His first appointment, Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed in April 2017. Spence Abraham, who hired Kethledge as a young staffer in the 1990s.

Daily Beast editor Erin Ryan also said Tuesday on CNN that "if [Trump] does pick a woman she'll be known as the "Aunt Lydia" of the Supreme Court", referring to a character in "The Handmaid's Tale" who subjugates other women.

Her name is Amy Coney Barrett.

President Donald Trump promised during his campaign to appoint "pro-life justices" who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

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

Schumer says while Democrats are outnumbered in the narrowly divided Senate, most senators back abortion rights and the added coverage created by former President Barack Obama's health care law.

At least one Republican, Susan Collins, has said that she would not vote for a nominee who supports the overturning of Roe v. Wade, a ruling that struck down laws restricting abortions.

Catherine Lucey, Ken Thomas and Lisa Mascaro wrote this story, with contributions from Zeke Miller, (c) 2018 The Associated Press.

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