What McConnell reportedly said about Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees

What McConnell reportedly said about Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees

What McConnell reportedly said about Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees

President Donald Trump announced Monday night he would nominate US appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

The White House said Trump has interviewed four potential picks, all of whom are federal appeals court judges.

What Could Complicate Kavanaugh's Nomination?

The last-minute jockeying by lawmakers and other political stakeholders played right into the reality show-like gamesmanship surrounding President Trump's choice for Supreme Court nominee - right down to a blast from the past re-emerging on Trump's list of finalists. But his decision and status as the court's swing vote on a number of social issues left liberals anxious the court would soon become more conservative under Trump's watch. He is among the best and brightest jurists on the appellate courts with a reputation of being fair and impartial in his decisions.

Kavanaugh ruled in one case involving abortion previous year and is considered a likely opponent of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

Such comments are likely to raise a red flag to moderate Republican senators like Susan Collins, R-Maine, who have said they would not vote for a nominee who has expressed doubts about overturning precedents when it comes to abortion and other long-standing Supreme Court decisions.

The fact that the president chose another conservative justice is more important than the name of that justice.

Trump is said to have particularly liked Hardiman's life story.

"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", Senator Bob Casey said.

Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) already spoke out Monday evening saying that he was going to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination with "everything" he has.

Trump is also believed to be studying Brett Kavanaugh, 53, of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and a Yale Law School graduate.

According to The Associated Press, Sen. Trump says the new justice should have a great intellect and the right temperament. He's urging people to make their voices heard, an indirect reference to voicing their objections to senators.

He said Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials & a strong record of upholding the Constitution".

Kennedy announced his plans for retirement in June.

"No president has ever consulted more or widely or talked to more people from more backgrounds to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination". "I think that would be a good thing".

Kavanaugh is viewed as a more conservative-leaning judge, but still must go through a gauntlet of confirmation hearings as Democrats hope to stave off the confirmation until after the midterms. He also praised Kennedy. If approved by the Senate, he would become the fifth conservative justice on the nation's highest court. The framers established that the Constitution is created to secure the blessings of liberty.

"They know that they will not get a justice nominated if the American people know this is what they want to do", NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in a call with reporters last week. Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is also a former Kennedy clerk. The pick will fill the seat vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Some conservatives have questioned his commitment to social issues like abortion. He is now a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and previously served in both Bush administrations.

But his work on President Bill Clinton's impeachment, his close ties to President George W. Bush and his ruling on President Barack Obama's health care law, which he opposed on procedural rather than broader legal grounds, have raised concerns among some conservatives.

Barrett, 46, is a former law clerk to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

But his supporters note his experience and a wide range of legal opinions.

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