Trump Just Named Five New Possible Supreme Court Nominees

Trump Just Named Five New Possible Supreme Court Nominees

Trump Just Named Five New Possible Supreme Court Nominees

President Donald Trump added five names to his list of possible Supreme Court nominees Friday, as loyalists of the conservative Federalist Society gather in Washington to celebrate the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch and a bevy of lower court nominees. When Trump's first two lists were released a year ago, totaling 21 names, they tilted heavily toward judges from "red" states, including many state Supreme Court judges with no federal court experience.

The other new names on Trump's list were Judge Kevin Newsom, a former Alabama solicitor general who was recently confirmed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta; Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant; and Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Patrick Wyrick.

Newsom is another Trump appeals court appointee.

"It's obvious that any of these nominees, if they replaced Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court, would demolish large portions of his legacy", said Marge Baker, executive vice president of People for the American Way.

Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate in April and has established himself as one of the Supreme Court's most conservative justices.

If he again gets the chance to fill a vacancy on the nation's highest court, Mr. Trump said that he would now consider two additional state judges, two newly minted federal appeals court judges and a veteran federal judge thought by many to be a leading contender despite being left off the president's original list.

Kavanaugh, who was appointed to the federal bench in 2006 by Republican former President George W. Bush, served as a White House counsel under Bush and worked as an assistant to Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic former President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

"These men and women have spent years in the trenches of state and federal government fighting for the Constitution and the rule of law", said Carrie Severino, the chief counsel and policy director for the Judicial Crisis Network.

The court now consists of five conservatives and four liberals, with conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy sometimes joining with the liberals on high-profile issues such as gay rights and abortion. Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer is 79.

Trump's choices won instant acclaim from conservatives.

Conservatives criticize the federal judiciary as too liberal, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the same conference lashed out at "activist judges". He had been seen as a strong candidate for the next Supreme Court vacancy in a Republican administration, particularly if Kennedy were to retire. Republicans now have 52 votes in the Senate and would need at least 50 to confirm a new justice, with the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Pence. She then had the abortion. Feinstein said at one point the "dogma lives" in her.

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