President Donald Trump has decided on his nominee to the Supreme Court after spending Monday morning working the phones primarily seeking input about two judges who were said to be the finalists, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Thomas M. Hardiman, people familiar with the discussions said.
"I have long heard that the most important decision a U.S. President can make is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice", Trump tweeted early Monday, after a weekend spent weighing his decision at his New Jersey golf club.
President Donald Trump was poised Monday to nominate a new conservative judge to the Supreme Court, a decision with momentous implications for America on everything from abortion to guns to immigration.
Kavanaugh was a favorite of some high-profile boosters, inside and outside the White House, but his stock has fallen off since Friday for a couple reasons: his ties to former President George W. Bush and the potential difficulty in getting him confirmed.
And Democrats can not even be sure of holding their line against Trump's pick.
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Leo said Hardiman of Pennsylvania and Kethledge of MI are "a little bit less known by conservatives".
The Pittsburgh-based federal appeals judge was the runner up to Justice Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court nomination a year ago. The ad is expected to feature an introductory bio on the president's yet-to-be-named Supreme Court nominee.
"I've never seen a president of the United States, in effect, make himself a puppet of outside groups and choose from a group of right-wing fringe ideologues that are prepared on this list", Blumenthal said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told Trump he believes Kethledge and Hardiman might be easier for the Senate to confirm than either Kavanaugh or Barrett, The New York times reported, citing Republican officials briefed on the conversations. If she's chosen and confirmed, it would be the first time four women would serve together on the nine-member Supreme Court.
If the nomination is delayed and Democrats capture an extra seat in the Senate in November elections, Trump could be forced to compromise with liberals in order to fill Kennedy's seat.
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Hardiman, 52, attended Georgetown Law.
Kethledge, 51, is a University of Michigan Law School graduate and former Kennedy law clerk who works out of an office he set up in an old barn overlooking Lake Huron in northern Michigan.
Kethledge serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati.
In his dozen years on the court, Kavanaugh has been involved in some 286 opinions. He recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to get an abortion.
Raymond Kethledge of MI, who also has many high-profile supporters who see him as a positive alternative to the other three.
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Yet Eriksson does not consider that a major issue given he thinks the team's strength to be how it functions as a unit. They have young, hungry players. "You can see our lack of experience sometimes, but we have so many qualities too".
Democrats girded for a fight as Trump kept up the suspense surrounding his shortlist of four possibles, all with solid right-wing credentials, ahead of the televised announcement to be made in prime time from the White House. But as the first Democrat to represent his state in the Senate since 1992, Jones, who defeated scandal-plagued Republican nominee Roy Moore in a special election last December, is expected to come under considerable pressure in the Supreme Court battle. "I don't think my role is to rubber stamp for the President, but it's also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either".