Casey to oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick

Elias Hubbard
July 11, 2018

More than anyone else in conservative legal circles today, Kavanaugh, 53, has been viewed as a Supreme Court justice-in-waiting. "He has a track record that demonstrates his talents and his judicial philosophy".

"I believe that they can still reunite some [more] individuals by tomorrow", Gelernt said during the hearing.

"Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a well-qualified nominee with extensive experience in the legal field", Moran said.

Casey said he opposes the process by which Trump is picking his judges, which he described as choosing from a list of 25 nominees prepared by conservative organizations such as the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.

To that end, Kansas Democratic Party executive director Ethan Corson was quick to blast the choice.

Republican aides said Monday that they expect the whole process could take about two months. Meanwhile, 24 percent bet on Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and 7 percent bet on Judge Raymond Kethledge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

The South Carolina Republican's comments come as the president said he would announce his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday.

The White House and Republican party want the nomination in the bag before November's mid-term elections. He left office as the number two in his party's Senate leadership, a position now held by Republican GOP Sen. "This is a nightmare for red-state Democrats, to oppose a highly qualified nominee and all four of these people are highly qualified", he added. Hardiman is one of four judges thought to be President Donald Trump's top contenders to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. The president could be indicted in the Russian Federation probe, some law experts say, while the Department of Justice is of the opinion that cannot happen. At the top of that list is abortion.

Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace. Kennedy provided a decisive vote in 2015 on an important fair housing case. He is an evangelical Christian whose book, Lead Yourself First, uses President Dwight Eisenhower, primatologist Jane Goodall, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr. and others as examples of "leaders who have used solitude to function more effectively".

MCCAMMON: Yeah, 9 Eastern time tonight is when the White House says the news will be coming out. Jon Kyl would guide Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process.

Kyl now works as a visiting fellow for the American enterprise institute and as senior of counsel for Covington & Burling, a high powered Washington D.C. law firm.

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Roy Blunt of Missouri said Sunday that they believe any of the top four contenders could get confirmed by the GOP-majority Senate. He is hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago.

The White House has assembled a team to handle communications, strategy and messaging coordination to defend and push the nomination through on Capitol Hill.

On the Democratic side, the focus will be on Sens.

Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia will be prime targets.

Trump also hopes to pressure several Democrats into voting to confirm his nominee.

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