Conservatives Ready Their War Chests For Major Supreme Court Fight - Katie Pavlich

Elias Hubbard
July 10, 2018

In the coming year the court might have to consider Trump's powers and rights in the investigation into links between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, and whether he sought to obstruct that investigation.

In a tweet Monday morning, President Trump said that deciding on the Supreme Court Justice is one of the most important decisions a USA president can make and the announcement will be made tonight. But he did make his pick, according to a person who was not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity. Retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy is Catholic, too, and he joined with liberals on rulings upholding abortion rights and legalizing same-sex marriage. That gave Trump his another chance to make a lasting impact on the Supreme Court and to give conservatives a 5-4 majority.

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".

While the president has been pondering his pick, aides have been preparing for a tough confirmation fight. "A judge must be independent, must interpret the law, not make the law, must interpret statutes as written, and must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent", Kavanaugh said. Jon Kyl would guide Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

But that element of his record is among the reasons that some Republicans in Congress are concerned about a confirmation hearing in the Senate.

John Roberts now serves as the chief White House correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC).

Another Democrat, Senator Richard Blumenthal, on Sunday assailed Trump's reliance on a list of potential nominees endorsed by the conservative Federalist Society.

"I've spent the last three days interviewing and thinking about Supreme Court justices".

Casey, who promotes himself as a moderate, relatively pro-life Democrat, could encounter reelection difficulties in the key swing state Trump carried in 2016 by unilaterally opposing the president's nominee. But the situation appeared to remain fluid. Hardiman, who lives in Pennsylvania, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, where he served at one time with Trump's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry.

Hardiman went to Notre Dame and Georgetown. And Hardiman, the first in his family to graduate from college, has the kind of personal story that appeals to many Trump supporters.

President Trump is expected to announce his pick to replace Justice Kennedy tomorrow; Gabby Morrongiello of the Washington Examiner and Garrett Tenney have more.

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

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings a year ago. He co-authored a book with Army veteran Mike Erwin of The Positivity Project published past year called "Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude".

"Well, it's still - let's say it's the four people".

Barrett, the only woman under consideration, has the support of Sean Hannity, the Fox News host and close Trump ally, who played golf with the president in New Jersey on Sunday.

"They're good judges", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press". "It's hard to assess what he would be like as a Supreme Court justice. I look forward to meeting Judge Kavanaugh and hope for a fair confirmation process", Roberts said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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