Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Trump Announces His Nominee to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington. Recent presidents have delighted in dramatically revealing the people they have chosen to sit on the Supreme Court. And they’ve gone to some lengths to keep their ultimat Trump Announces His Nominee to the Supreme Court
Steven Clarke | 10 July, 2018, 22:33

Conservative outside groups are standing at the ready to make the case for Trump's Supreme Court choice, whoever it may be.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer promised to opposed Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything he has.

"A judge must be independent", he said. "He must interpret the law, not make the law". As an attorney, Kavanaugh worked for the special counsel investigating former President Bill Clinton, who was eventually impeached, and also worked for the Bush campaign during the 2000 presidential election recount.

"Judge Kavanaugh has a solid reputation as a great legal mind".

"We are close to making a decision", Trump said. "In the coming days, I will be reviewing the record and qualifications of the president's nominee". "And so I am pretty, pretty excited", said Cornyn.

The nomination sets up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation's highest court further to the right.

But, all of the talk with reporters had to do with whom President Trump will pick Monday night.

To that end, Kansas Democratic Party executive director Ethan Corson was quick to blast the choice.

"She's been very clear that it's not the role of a judge to substitute religious beliefs with the rule of law", said Rick Garnett, a long-time friend and colleague of Barrett.

"If the President changes the system and opens it up to more people, then it's a different story".

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Top contenders had included federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett, and Thomas Hardiman. Momentum appeared to be with Kavanaugh and Hardiman, though the process remained fluid. The White House prepared briefing materials on all four. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line. Democrats are expected to draw from the Starr report Kavanaugh helped write to criticize Trump - the report argued a president could be impeached for lying to staff or misleading the public.

Neera Tanden, president of the progressive Center for American Progress, says President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Wolf in July Fourth salute: "God bless abortions and God bless America" Graham: Trump's Supreme Court picks "all winners" Man arrested after allegedly threatening to kill Trump supporters, GOP lawmaker MORE is trying to orchestrate a "right-wing takeover" of the judiciary.

The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), whose leaders pushed Justice Neil Gorsuch over the finish line past year, are getting their war chests ready. That decision was later overturned.

The officials underscored that McConnell did not push any choice on the president.

Trump has been uncharacteristically circumspect about what he is thinking as the process has unfolded.

Kyl, who retired at the beginning of 2013, is a familiar face to many within the chamber. He is now a lobbyist in the Washington headquarters of Covington & Burling. He is hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year.

Watch above, via The White House.

Three Democrats who were invited but declined were Sens.

Conservative groups like Judicial Crisis Network and American Crossroads have each pledged over $1 million in ads encouraging support or opposition to Trump's eventual nominee.

In a sign that the White House will try to pressure vulnerable Democrats to support Trump's nominee, both senators Joe Donnelly, Indiana, and Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota, said they were invited to the event at the White House.

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