Charlotte Talks: What's At Stake In Trump's Supreme Court Pick?

Saul Bowman
July 10, 2018

Viewed warily by his party's conservative base, Trump has been keen to note that all of his picks have been vetted by conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society. Other contenders that have received serious interest include federal appeals judges Amul Thapar, Thomas Hardiman and Joan Larsen. Republicans control the chamber 51-49, but Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who is not said to be under serious consideration by the White House but is the only lawmaker Trump has considered for the position.

The remarks by liberal leaders at Thursday's news conference are aimed at raising pressure on senators, including Republicans Susan Collins of ME and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who've backed abortion rights.

"Over at Yale, university spokesman Tom Conroy echoed Jackson, noting the school's admissions practices are in" compliance with the Supreme Court's interpretation of the law". Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., when the Senate Judiciary Committee considered her nomination to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Leo said: "Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Barrett have a lot of name recognition among supporters of the president, and I think that ultimately when people like them are nominated, you'll see a lot of folks line up".

Nevertheless, Kavanaugh has also deemed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unconstitutional, and has supported pulling back on EPA regulations imposed during the Obama administration, reports Vox.

But National Review writer David French points out the group is "so dastardly" that Pope Francis appointed one of its members as auxiliary bishop of Portland. "They are shaped by love of Holy Scripture, prayer and community; and the Church's mission is richer for their presence".

Tony Perkins, who leads the socially conservative Family Research Council, said abortion was simply "a factor" in evangelicals' excitement over a more conservative Supreme Court.

Collins has said she'd oppose a pick who's hostile toward the Roe v. Wade decision that affirmed the right to abortion. That could be a problem for Kethledge if what Trump really meant was that he wants an Ivy Leaguer, like the rest of the high court.


The president enjoyed the suspenseful process leading up to his announcement previous year that he was nominating Neil Gorsuch for the high court and is hoping to keep the guessing game going until he announces his pick Monday in prime time.

But while she has said that some cases like Roe v. Wade need not stand as precedents if a future court deems it to be wrongly decided, she has generally suggested that Roe v. Wade is in fact settled law.

Kavanaugh has declined to give his opinion on Roe v. Wade, making him a target of anti-abortion groups. Susan Collins of ME or Alaska's Lisa Murkowski to vote "no", which many view as hard.

The AP cited a source saying Sen. They have circulated opposition research around Capitol Hill that ties Kavanaugh to former 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, who retired after he was accused of sexual harassment.

Speculation has swirled around 46-year-old appellate judge Amy Coney Barrett as a potential pick for the high court.

At the same time, Kethledge left Washington to return to MI two decades ago. 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. He attended Yale both as an undergraduate and law student, and served as a law clerk to Kennedy.

Yet, at that time, he did not go as far as to say that USA citizens should lose the right to an abortion that was legalized by the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling. "Judge Kethledge has also criticized judicial activism, which is when judges insert their own policy views into their decisions rather than applying our laws and Constitution as they were written and understood at the time they were enacted".

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