Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee

Henrietta Strickland
July 10, 2018

Senate Republicans say whoever the president chooses from this supreme final four will be a victor.

"If you're a conservative Republican, the four people named-particularly Thomas Hardiman, I'm glad he's on the list-are all winners, and every Republican should embrace these picks". 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.

Leading Republican US senators also toured Sunday TV studios predicting that their party would stand united over the confirmation process, and warning Democratic senators from conservative "red" states won by Trump in 2016 that if they opposed the nomination they would have to answer to voters at the midterm elections in November.

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. Both support a woman's right to have an abortion and will be looking for assurances that the nominee would not overturn the Roe v Wade decision establishing abortion rights. "Totally inconsistent", Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) told NBC's "Meet the Press". Graham says red-state Democrats may be the key to securing the nomination. Barrett has already crossed swords with Democrats in her Senate confirmation hearing for her current job, when California Sen. "I don't think my role is to rubber stamp for the president, but it's also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either". An official said Thursday that Trump had completed his scheduled interviews for potential nominees. The New York Times reported Sunday that Trump found Kethledge a little boring and anxious about his record on immigration.

"Bob Casey was for Judge Hardiman before he was against him, showing yet again that Casey will oppose anything President Trump does, even if it means contradicting himself", Barletta said in a statement.

But Trump Supreme Court advisor Leonard Leo says the Roe v. Wade conversation is nothing more than a scare tactic. Susan Collins of ME, who has expressed disquiet about the nomination of a judge who might overturn Roe v. Wade. 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.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Sunday President Trump is acting like a "puppet" for outside groups and claimed Trump is set to nominate a "fringe ideologue" to the Supreme Court. Kethledge, 51, is a judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Of the other two, he added: "Ray Kethledge and Tom Hardiman, they're a little bit less known by conservatives". 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. He is hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch past year. I'll be deciding tonight or tomorrow sometime by 12 o'clock, and we're all gonna be meeting at 9 o'clock.

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