Sen. Chuck Schumer Rips Trump's Anti-Abortion 'Litmus Test'

Aaron Brown
July 11, 2018

Once that happened, I think that the Supreme Court was diminished for decades to come. He also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton.

Trump indeed said during the 2016 campaign that he would put "pro-life justices on the court", thrilling his grassroots base although polls show most Americans support abortion rights.

Trump last week spoke with seven candidates, all drawn from a shortlist compiled by the conservative Federalist Society, about the Supreme Court.

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He said, "Mr. President, thank you". Both are conservative jurists in the mold of Trump's previous Supreme Court pick, Gorsuch.

"Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an bad lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeal", said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution.

Hatch predicted that "whoever" Trump picks from the "final four" will be confirmed by the Senate. Given the Republican's slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, the conservative seemingly already has the numbers to take Kennedy's seat. Meanwhile, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona is battling brain cancer and has not been back to the Capitol since December.

"I will oppose the nomination the president will make tonight because it represents a corrupt bargain with the far Right, big corporations, and Washington special interests", Casey (pictured above, right) declared Monday in a statement. "And I believe this person will do a great job".

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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. His mother, Martha, became a Maryland state judge a quarter-century ago.

"That issue is something that would be raised in this that could dampen to a degree, and I say to a degree, the enthusiasm", Perkins said.

The US Supreme Court is the ultimate arbiter on contentious laws and disputes between states and the federal government. "From the notorious Starr report, to the Florida recount, to the president's secrecy and privilege claims to post-9/11 legislative battles including the Victims Compensation Fund, to ideological judicial nomination fights, if there has been a partisan political fight that needed a very bright legal foot soldier in the last decade, Brett Kavanaugh was probably there", Sen. While waiting, he's penned he has written almost 300 opinions and sent 41 of his law clerks to similar posts at the high court - far more than any of the other leading candidates for the nomination.

Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who is a member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, would be "happy with any of the four" likely Supreme Court finalists, but says "there's a part of me that would like to see a woman appointed to the court, especially a conservative woman like Amy Coney Barrett because she's just excellent". And a lot of that has to do with, you know, talking to people who know these nominees, talking to people who have known them for years, getting a sense of how they dealt with hard issues in their career.

Kennedy announced his retirement two weeks ago, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. Three Democratic senators and one Republican senator from swing states declined the White House invitation to attend the announcement.

Trump is scheduled to announce a nominee at 9 p.m. Monday.

Liberals also fear that a new conservative justice will help overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which protects a woman's right to an abortion.

In October of a year ago, Kavanaugh was part of the D.C. Court of appeals that ultimately ruled on an immigrant girl's right to have an abortion while she was in US custody. He also recognized Justice Antonin Scalia's wife Maureen, and Edwin Meese, President Reagan's attorney general, who was also in attendance.

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