These two judged are favorites to win Supreme Court nod
These two judged are favorites to win Supreme Court nod
Trump nears decision on replacement for Supreme Court | www.icflorida.com
10 July, 2018, 03:07
Hardiman, who lives in Pennsylvania, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, where he served at one time with Trump's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry.
The President is also said to be intrigued by Amy Coney Barrett, 46, whom he nominated to the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals, was a Notre Dame law professor and clerked for the late Antonin Scalia - the gold standard for conservatives in a Supreme Court nominee. He clerked for Justice Kennedy, he worked in the [George W.] Bush White House, and he's been a judge on the D.C. Circuit, which is the second-most important and influential court after the Supreme Court, for about a dozen years.
Trump's eagerness to tease maximum drama out of the nomination he promised Sunday that an "exceptional person will be chosen" has drawn criticism from opposition ranks.
Trump is likely to make a decision by 9 p.m. Sunday, 24 hours ahead of his official announcement time in Monday prime time, the source said. If you're a cord cutter without a TV, you can stream it online on C-SPAN or via the embedded video below from PBS Newshour.
Barrett, on the other hand, has become a favorite of religious conservatives because of her thorny confirmation hearing to the federal bench previous year. The court could also be called upon to render judgment on issues of personal significance to Trump and his administration including matters arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia-related investigation and several civil lawsuits pending against Trump. Ten Democrats from states that Trump won are up for re-election this fall and will be under tremendous pressure to back the president's nominee. Her work included attending meetings with Gorsuch on Capitol Hill and serving as a public face for the nominee while the Senate deliberated his candidacy.
Presidents weigh all sorts of considerations in deciding on a Supreme Court nominee, often beginning with the big question: Will the choice be confirmed by the Senate?
Trump's success in confirming conservative judges, as well as a Supreme Court justice, has cheered Republicans amid concerns about his limited policy achievements and chaotic management style.
If the nomination is delayed and Democrats capture an extra seat in the Senate in November elections, Trump could be forced to compromise with liberals in order to fill Kennedy's seat.
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From a reported list of 25 Supreme Court candidates, Trump said he has narrowed his choices.
The pick is Trump's second to the nation's highest court, after he selected Justice Neil Gorsuch past year to replace Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016. The president also has been considering federal appeals court Judges Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman. He recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to get an abortion.
One Democrat from a red state, Alabama's Doug Jones, told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that he did not rule out voting for Trump's nominee.
"Certainly, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Barrett have a lot of name recognition among supporters of the president, and I think that ultimately, when people like them are nominated, you'll see a lot of folks line up", he said.
Given GOP control of the Senate and the chamber's Republican leader Mitch McConnell's abolition of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations during the Gorsuch confirmation saga, any of the four is expected to have a strong chance of confirmation.
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