Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Alabama Democrat keeping an open mind on Trump's SCOTUS pick

Alabama Democrat keeping an open mind on Trump's SCOTUS pick

Conservatives can trust, from Kavanaugh's vast record, that he will not become a liberal upon joining the court, as David Souter did. Dozens of additional nominations are pending - a list that will soon include Trump's second nominee for the highest court in the land. Several of his opinions were dissents that eventually were vindicated when Supreme Court majorities saw the issue the same way he did.

Trump is set to announce his choice Monday night. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly of IN, all of whom face tough re-election bids. And all three are running for re-election in November in states Trump won.

All three states lean heavily Republican. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

The White House would love to have the Democrats' votes for confirmation.

Ahead of the decision, Trump has built suspense about who his pick will be.

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.

If Republicans lose the Senate, they would still have control of the chamber until January.

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.

Updated today, July 9, 2018, at 9:19 p.m. with new information throughout.

Still, Trump has recounted how close he came to selecting Hardiman, who was recommended by the president's sister and sometime confidante, retired federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry. "A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law", he said.

Schumer says the administration's action highlights the stakes for senators. Three Democratic senators who voted for Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - are up for re-election IN states Trump won handily IN 2016.

Montana Republicans urged Congress to quickly confirm the nominee, citing his conservative reading of the U.S. Constitution.

The White House said former Republican Senator Jon Kyl, now a Washington lobbyist, will help Trump's nominee navigate the Senate confirmation process. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Kavanaugh added that he is "proud" that most of his clerks have been women.

Kennedy announced his plans for retirement in June.

Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion.

"This nomination could alter the balance of the court in favor of powerful special interests and against working families for a generation, and would take away labor, civil, and human rights from millions of Americans", he said.

Some opponents stressed that Trump worked off a list compiled by members of conservative legal organizations, particularly the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation.

On the Democratic side, the focus will be on Sens. The race is not expected to be competitive. "Casey is refusing to even consider the President's #SCOTUS nominee".

Indicating that importance, Mr Trump called it "one of the most profound responsibilities of a president" to appoint a SC justice. But word he'd picked Gorsuch leaked out shortly before the reveal. When the announcement is made, the campaign will kick off. Joe Donnelly, West Virginia Sen. Kavanaugh will need to be confirmed by a majority of the Senate before taking his place as one of the nine Supreme Court justices. "Every one. You can't go wrong".

Trump announced his choice with a prime-time address from the White House East Room.

He did however, let slip that four are under consideration, and most reports indicate the final candidates are current appellate judges Brett Kavanaugh of the DC Circuit, Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit, Raymond Kethledge of the Sixth Circuit, and Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

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