Friday, 20 July, 2018

Trump talks to 3 more candidates for Supreme Court vacancy

Maine Sen. Susan Collins won’t support any Supreme Court nominee looking to overturn Roe v. Wade Sen. Cantwell weighs in on SCOTUS pick
Ginger Lopez | 05 July, 2018, 06:43

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of ME, prominent in the endangered species called a moderate Republican, said over the weekend that she would not support a Trump nominee for Anthony Kennedy's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court who was "hostile to Roe v. Wade", meaning the right of a woman to choose abortion.

Trump is expected to begin his search in earnest this week at the White House and said the process could include interviews at his golf club before he reaches a final decision following the Fourth of July holiday. At the same time, Trump predicted a "vicious" debate over the nominee. Most courts had found that it was a ban on Muslims - which violated the Constitution's establishment clause - because the president repeatedly said it was.

Dissenting from that decision, Kavanaugh warned that the court was embracing "a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in US government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand".

On Friday, the president said he had narrowed the field to about five, and sources familiar with the president's thinking say the top contenders are Brett Kavanaugh, a judge on the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals; Amy Coney Barrett, who was named by Trump to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Thomas Hardiman, who serves on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Raymond Kethledge of the Cincinnati, Ohio-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; and Amul Thapar, whom Trump named to the 6th Circuit.

"I think he's absolutely brilliant, with the right temperament", McConnell said Saturday, but added that he had no idea whom Trump will pick. "And that would indicate to me a failure to respect precedent, a fundamental tenet of our judicial system".

Then there's another cluster who just went through the more modern confirmation process - highly partisan with nearly no Democratic support - to secure seats on the federal appeals court.

Schumer said that while Democrats don't control the Senate - Republicans have a 51-49 edge - most senators back abortion rights.




The president spoke by phone with Republican Sen. Few of them went up in the air.

Kaine said those groups are well within their rights to stake out their strongly held beliefs against abortion, but said the law is a separate argument. With McCain possibly not able to vote, Trump would need the support of Democrats to win confirmation. Every candidate for justice knows that with Trump the posturing is all that counts and that, like the chief justice, they had better not flout the will of a majority of voting Americans. They were the only Democrats to do so. That follows the tradition of the last 32 years of finding the next justice from those circuit courts, to the point where eight of the nine current members on the high court served on an appellate court.

She also made clear that she "would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade", on CNN's "State of the Union". "But we do have a majority in the Senate on the two key issues that we think will define the fight: We do have a majority in the Senate that think Roe v Wade should not be overturned. I am not going to vote for anyone who tells me they are going to decide a case before the facts are presented".

The public is also split on whether the Court has a partisan lean, with 31% saying it is too conservative, 19% feeling it is too liberal, and 41% believing it is just right.

"But", he told Maria Bartiromo, "I'm putting conservative people on". "Well, maybe someday it will be to the states".

"What we are here to do is try to break it down for everybody so that they understand, no matter what the issue that you care about, at the end of the day, it always comes down to the courts", Kang said.

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