Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Announcement of Trump Supreme Court choice nears

Announcement of Trump Supreme Court choice nears

Conservatives are claiming prospective candidate Brett Kavanaugh is too moderate, just before the president is expected to announce his pick on Monday.

Trump is believed to have narrowed his shortlist down to just three or four candidates.

The president's top contenders include federal appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, with federal appeals court judge Thomas Hardiman still considered in the mix.

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch wrote an op-ed to bolster President Donald Trump's soon-to-be-announced Supreme Court nominee, referring to the pick exclusively as female. "I think they're all outstanding", Trump told reporters Thursday en route to Montana, declining to name the finalists. At first, the Michigan Supreme Court justice thought something bad must have happened.

Members of the federal judiciary are grown-ups with hefty credentials who know they are public figures and worked hard to get there.

But Shapiro also noted that the judge has made no especially controversial rulings on hot-button issues like abortion or LGBTQ rights, and that a majority of his written opinions deal with reviewing the decisions of government agencies.

Amy Coney Barrett, 46, is a former law clerk to Scalia and was appointed to serve on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals by Trump a year ago.

In this May 7, 2008, image from video provided by C-SPAN, Raymond Kethledge testifies during his confirmation hearing for the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court on Capitol Hill in Washington.

"That is, the kind of background of somebody who wasn't part of the Washington world or the Ivy League world, who went to state schools, who had more of a regular-guy-type background", Abraham said. Then a year ago, Senate Democrats filibustered Neil Gorsuch forcing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to change the rules and now Trump's next pick will only require 50 votes to be confirmed.

"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law", Collins told CNN.

Judge Ralph B. Guy Jr. wished his former law clerk luck when he learned Kethledge was on Trump's list. The Senate confirmed him in May 2006.

Mom-of-seven Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 46, a former Notre Dame law professor, became a right-wing heroine a year ago when she stood up to grilling from Senate Democrats over her religious faith. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Trump needs her vote. His role in the George W. Bush administration and in the Ken Starr investigation has generated millions of pages of documents. While no one knows for sure how each of the president's candidates will vote on certain issues, Carolyn Shapiro, a Supreme Court expert with Kent College of Law, said overturning Roe v. Wade may be a safe bet based on how Trump came up with his list of nominees. Like Donnelly, she also met with Trump after Kennedy's retirement, where they discussed the court vacancy, which was right after Trump railed against her during a rally in North Dakota with her challenger, Rep. Kevin Cramer.

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