President Trump narrows Supreme Court shortlist

He also pointed to former justices William Brennan, John Paul Stevens and Harry Blackmun, the latter of whom wrote the Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's right to abortion. But others speculate that overturning Roe v. Wade might be less galvanizing to progressives if a woman casts the decisive fifth vote. He was considered for the last Supreme Court vacancy, but didn't meet with Trump then. "The Senate must only confirm a justice who firmly declares that the constitution protects individual liberty and the right of all people to make personal decisions about their bodies and relationships, including the right to have contraception, the right to an abortion, and to marry the person who you choose". If any Republican does withhold support for Trump's nominee, the pressure on Democrats would be even greater. Her confirmation hearing drew national attention after Democratic Sen. Top contenders include federal appeals judges Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amul Thapar and Amy Coney Barrett - all of whom spoke with Trump on Monday. The list was by and large the intellectual brainchild of the Federalist Society, the association of conservative lawyers.

If Roe v. Wade is overturned. "The views of President Trump's next court nominee on these issues could well determine whether the Senate approves or rejects them".

This is the point that Democrats are working diligently to broadcast.

Trump could decide (decide not announce) sooner rather than later, as early as Friday, though the official announcement is still slated for Monday. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is another Republican who has supported abortion. "We can get into the fact that he accused my best friend's father of conspiring to kill JFK", Lee told Steve Malzberg of Newsmax TV. "You're going to have to do some outreach to people across the aisle if you're going to have any chance of defeating anyone outside the judicial mainstream".

The ages for both Kethledge and Kavanaugh would widen the gap between the average ages of the conservative and liberal sides of the bench. Just about every nominee they've put up there has voted the way they wanted on just about every single issue. Kethledge, of MI, is a judge on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The President teased his potential pick on social media before the Fourth of July holiday, saying "I interviewed 4 very impressive people yesterday".

Mr. Trump's misleading statements to the news media, his miasma of tweets and his protracted public debate over whether to speak with Mr. Mueller could all be used against him, even if the special counsel declines to accuse the president of obstruction of justice. Some also raised concern about his approach to the Affordable Care Act. Both Kethledge and Gorsuch once served Kennedy as law clerks, as did Kavanaugh. After her clerkship, Barrett worked in private practice and moved on to become a law professor at the Notre Dame Law School.

With the Senate narrowly divided, 51-49, in favor of Republicans, Trump's announcement will launch a contentious confirmation process as Republicans seek to shift the court to the right and Democrats strive to block the effort. "Reliance interests count, but they count far less when precedent clearly exceeds a court's interpretive authority".

  • Jon Douglas