Red State Democrats In Hot Seat Over Trump's Supreme Court Pick

Red State Democrats In Hot Seat Over Trump's Supreme Court Pick

Red State Democrats In Hot Seat Over Trump's Supreme Court Pick

He expressed renewed interest in Hardiman - the runner-up when Trump nominated Gorsuch, said two people with knowledge of his thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly. If she's chosen and confirmed, it would be the first time four women would serve together on the nine-member Supreme Court.

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. But there's one qualification that could prove a problem for the judge: his ties to the Bush family have reportedly raised Trump's suspicions.

President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, background right, board Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 8, 2018, en route to Washington from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

Last week I was told Trump had essentially narrowed the list down to two: Kavanaugh and 6th Circuit Judge Raymond Kethledge.

Thomas Hardiman, 53, who sits on the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals, is also thought to be on Trump's list. "And that's really ultimately what drives the conservative legal movement..."

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah also weighed in on Casey's statement, tweeting that the senator's opposition comes as no surprise. Without Republican defections, however, Senate rules leave Democrats with scant options to block confirmation of Trump's nominee. Republicans will be looking to win their votes once more after a confirmation hearing that is expected to take place before the midterm elections. According to the New York Times, Trump "found him likable but comparatively boring".

Byrne, R-Fairhope, is considered one of Jones's potential 2020 opponents in what could be a fierce battle for a Senate seat that, before last December's special election, had always been in Republican hands.

- The coming battle over a Supreme Court nominee promises to be a bruising one.

The real players are folks like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose late-hour political jockeying upended the notion that the high court spot was D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh's to lose.

Recent developments underline the shrewdness of Trump's campaign team, which published a list of potential court nominees with stellar conservative credentials before he faced off against Hillary Clinton.

President Donald Trump said Sunday afternoon he still had not made his final decision on a Supreme Court nominee, but anticipated finishing by Monday.

Republicans are eager for conservatives to gain a firm majority on the court.

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