Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
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Profiles of Possible US Supreme Court Justices

Profiles of Possible US Supreme Court Justices

President Donald Trump has decided on his Supreme Court nominee, a person with knowledge of the situation revealed Monday, hours before a prime-time TV announcement that will ignite a fierce confirmation battle.

The White House said Trump has interviewed four potential picks, all of whom are federal appeals court judges.

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. Barrett has already crossed swords with Democrats in her Senate confirmation hearing for her current job, when California Sen. Graham says red-state Democrats may be the key to securing the nomination. Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states. "So red-state Democrats are going to have a very hard decision".

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

"I'm not sure I'm leaning anywhere on those four nominees". Dick Durbin of IL on NBC's "Meet the Press" said Sunday. I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here.

Leo, who had helped Trump compile the original list of nominees, said that he would pick Kavanaugh, with Kethledge and Barrett a close second.

Ilyse Hogue, president of the pro-abortion organization Naral, told Fox News Sunday that Trump had changed the rules of the game. Although the statement is undoubtedly accurate, it is likely to be seized on by supporters of abortion rights as they try to convince moderate Republican senators that Barrett might vote to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision declaring a woman's constitutional right to abortion.

President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, background right, board Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 8, 2018, en route to Washington from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Hardiman was said to be the runner-up to succeed Antonin Scalia, the seat Neil Gorsuch eventually occupied after being confirmed in 2017. And as Sally Ayhan reports, the decision could leave his mark on the Supreme Court for decades.

"You want judges on the court who understand that the best way to preserve freedom and dignity, and prosperity in this country is to have people who are going to interpret the Constitution as it's written and not play politics when they're judges". Susan Collins of ME, who has expressed disquiet about the nomination of a judge who might overturn Roe v. Wade. Previously, Collins voted for Gorsuch because of his belief in the significance of precedent.

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. Many, including Leo, believe that it was a major contributing factor to his victory in 2016. 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. As an appeals court judge, Kethledge authored several notable opinions, including one that upheld the death penalty against a suspect who murdered a woman on federal land and a case in OH that questioned whether private citizens can sue the state for failing to enforce pollution controls.

Kethledge serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati. Former President George W. Bush nominated him to the appeals court in 2003.

Of the other two, he added: "Ray Kethledge and Tom Hardiman, they're a little bit less known by conservatives".

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