Two federal appeals judges top Trump's list for Supreme Court

Aaron Brown
July 4, 2018

Trump's second Supreme Court pick will replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Ronald Reagan appointee who has served as a swing vote on the court.

Noting that ISIS "is on the run" and the USA has a "booming economy" after Trump "created job after job after job", she said, "One day after the next, great things are happening across the globe and particularly in America, and this president is leading that effort".

On Sunday, Leonard Leo, an outside adviser to Trump on judicial nominations, said he expected Trump to select a nominee who is mindful of precedent but who is also more "originalist and textualist".

"We'll make a decision. over the next few days and we'll be announcing it on Monday", Trump said.

He has been confirmed three times by the Senate already for previous appointments and has built reputation as a formidable conservative through his lectures at prestigious law schools in the U.S.

That possibility has left many looking to two pro-choice Republican senators, Sens.

"I don't think I'm going to be so specific in the questions.and I'm actually told that I shouldn't be", Trump said in an interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo that aired Sunday. Eighty percent of Democrats opposed Trump nominating a judge who would make abortion illegal and 66 percent of independents said the same.

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Lee's office characterized the conversation as an interview.

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Larsen is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, where she has been serving since November 2017. Republicans control the chamber but only by a slim majority, making the views of moderates, including some Democrats, important.

The president is really in the driver's seat along with the assistance of White House counsel Don McGahn.

Walker said that if it comes down to the vice president casting a tie-breaking vote, he thinks it could tear the country apart.

Paul's office did not respond to requests for comment. Raj Shah, the principal deputy press secretary, will take leave from his post to handle "communications, strategy and messaging coordination with Capitol Hill allies" full time, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. At her confirmation hearings, the Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein expressed concern that Barrett, who had suggested that Catholic justices might have to recuse themselves from death penalty cases, would be guided by church law instead of the constitution.

There have also been lobbying efforts around other candidates.

She has clerked for Scalia and David B. Sentelle, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Kethledge, a Michigan Law graduate who has been a Michigan-based appellate court judge for the past decade, would add academic diversity to a court steeped in the Ivy League.

Trump plans to announce his pick on July 9. Barrett concerned Maxwell because of her Catholic faith, her seven children and her alignment with what Maxwell dubbed a "hate group" - the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).

"This is a very different Supreme Court discussion because everyone in the Senate who is going to vote on this knows this could change the balance of power".

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