Casey to Oppose Trump's Supreme Court Nomination

Glen Norman
July 10, 2018

Pres. Donald Trump will announce his nominee to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday night.

Leonard Leo, who is on leave from the Federalist Society and has been advising Trump over the court nomination, said he assumes Kavanaugh, Barrett, Hardiman and Kethledge "are the four" who are getting the most focus.

Judge Kavanaugh has earned a reputation as a brilliant jurist with impeccable legal credentials, and he is universally respected for his intellect, as well as his ability to persuade and build consensus.

President Donald Trump is set to announce his nomination for the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, to fill the seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy when he announced his retirement on the last day of the Supreme Court session on June 28th.


Trump a year ago appointed Neil Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

"One Republican senator can decide the fate of any Supreme Court nominee", said Sen.

The president made the remarks before boarding Air Force One in New Jersey Sunday, saying he is considering four candidates and can't go wrong with any of them.

He is now a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. "I think these are judges who have been vetted, they've received votes, they've received, in many cases, bipartisan support". She was one of just three Republicans to vote against Pryor for a seat on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 2005. In January, the full appeals court upheld the legality of the CFPB structure and said the director could be fired only for cause. Barrett is also seen as a potentially divisive nominee because of statements she's made about her Catholic faith and about abortion. "I believe that an independent judiciary is the crown jewel of our constitutional republic", Kavanaugh said on Monday. Kavanaugh has ties to the Bush family, which has often drawn ire from Trump, but he has investigated the Clintons and recommended the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.


"Before a Supreme Court justice is confirmed to a lifetime position on the bench, West Virginians and the American people should have the ability to weigh in at the ballot box this November", she said at the time.

President Trump taunted his skeptics Sunday as he prepared to name his second nominee to the Supreme Court, tweeting a highlight reel of politicians and celebrities predicting he couldn't win the presidency.

During her 21 years in the Senate, Collins has voted for judicial nominees put forward by Republican presidents almost 99 percent of the time, according to a Globe analysis of more than 500 of her roll-call votes for Supreme Court, circuit court of appeals, district court, and other judicial appointments.

Barrett has served as a former Notre Dame University law professor and law clerk to former Justice Antonin Scalia.


McConnell's office has stressed that it took about two months each to get Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Gorsuch through, and they warn Kavanaugh's background and work in Washington could slow confirmation. Before joining the federal court, Hardiman practiced law in Pittsburgh. "The point is not to put the president above the law or to eliminate checks on the president, but simply to defer litigation and investigations until the president is out of office". Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer earlier on Monday said Trump's nominee should be obligated to make his or her views clear on matters like the Roe ruling. Three Democratic senators who voted for Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - are up for re-election IN states Trump won handily IN 2016. In practice, that means that 51 votes, rather than 60, are needed to confirm nominees.

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