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President Trump announces Supreme Court pick

11 July 2018

"I am pleased to say I have found without doubt such a person", Trump said as he announced Kavanaugh's nomination at the White House Monday evening.

But there is still no indication which of the four finalists it will be.

The president also has been considering federal appeals court Judges Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman.

Ahead of the decision, Trump has built suspense about whom his pick will be. For instance, his ties to former President George W. Bush, who appointed him - that could potentially be seen as too establishment for President Trump. On Sunday he was back to citing "the four people". "You can't go wrong". Hardiman was on the president's short list when he nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. He has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington since 2006.

Anticipation was high on Capitol Hill in the hours leading up to the announcement.

Hardiman, who was runner-up to Neil Gorsuch as the president's Supreme Court pick previous year, made a comeback on Trump's shortlist this weekend in part because of the president's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who serves with Hardiman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

I look forward to making an announcement soon so that we can further strengthen and protect liberty and justice for all.

The White House announced Monday that former Sen.

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Sherpas - a reference to the guides who lead climbers up Mount Everest - are responsible for accompanying nominees as they visit with senators and face confirmation hearings.

Once Trump names his nominee, all eyes will shift to a handful of moderate Democratic and Republican senators.

"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", Graham said.

Gelernt said that process was created to vet relatives other than parents who might care for children who crossed the border without a parent.

White House Principal Press Secretary, Raj Shah, tweeted out the following statement regarding Casey's opposition. The ads, costing a total of $1.4 million to run, will feature biographical information about the nominee and will be aimed at red state Democrats, including newly elected Sen.

Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia will be prime targets. The nomination is poised to cement the Supreme Court's conservative majority, vastly reshaping the court for decades to come.

Trump last week spoke with seven candidates, all drawn from a shortlist compiled by the conservative Federalist Society, about the Supreme Court. She no longer hears cases.

Kethledge went to the University of Michigan, and then Michigan Law, where he graduated second in his class. He is 51, and among all the reported shortlisters, he is the only non-Catholic.

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While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.

Barrett, who is 46, has less of a judicial record to review, having just been nominated to the appeals court by Trump previous year. Kyl also was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold a hearing on Trump's choice for the court. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) made Barrett a religious-rights cult hero. "There is no question in my mind regarding Brett for the Supreme Court. She wrote that "there is little reason to think that reversals [of past decisions] would do much damage" to the court's reputation".

Trump is said to have apparently lost interest in Kethledge.

Hardiman, 52, attended Georgetown Law. Before joining the federal court, Hardiman practiced law in Pittsburgh. 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. Both support a woman's right to have an abortion and will be looking for assurances that the nominee would not overturn the Roe v Wade decision establishing abortion rights. He's written 286 opinions, which is the most of any current judge under consideration.

In a 2013 law review article, Kavanaugh wrote that after seeing firsthand the many hard duties that a president encounters, he thinks that presidents should operate free from the threat of civil suits, such as the sexual harassment suit that led to Clinton's impeachment, and that presidents should also be free from criminal investigation.

In his remarks, Kavanaugh expressed his view of a judge's role. Republicans have a razor-thin Senate majority. And that is a big if.

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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President Trump announces Supreme Court pick