Trump enjoying drama ahead making of Supreme Court pick Monday night

Monday, 09 Jul, 2018

Donald Trump is set to make one of the most consequential decisions of his presidency on Monday when he names a new justice to sit on the U.S. supreme court.

The appointment of another conservative justice to the Supreme Court creates the possibility that the court could overturn its landmark 1973 abortion rights ruling, opening the door for Republicans to legislate a sea change in abortion access across the country.

U.S. Court of Appeals Judges Raymond Kethledge, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman are all in the running as final candidates.

"I don't think anyone should expect me to simply vote yes for this nominee just simply because my state may be more conservative than others", Mr. Jones said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union". He is also former law clerk to Kennedy, as is Kethledge.

Hardiman has a tale Republicans like McConnell love: a former taxi driver from the key swing state of Pennsylvania who comes with the recommendation of fellow 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry - the president's sister. I think each and every one of them take that seriously, that personally.

The new justice can be expected to cast crucial votes on other matters of national importance including gay rights, gun control, the death penalty and voting rights.

Besides records from his 12 years as an appellate judge, Kavanaugh was a top adviser to President George W. Bush and worked for Kenneth Starr on the years-long Whitewater investigation into Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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

Trump spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon before returning to Washington from a weekend at his private golf club in New Jersey, where he deliberated his decision amid furious lobbying and frenzied speculation. "I don't think my role is to rubber stamp for the president, but it's also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either". Still, Hardiman's decision could be a factor if some kind of challenge eventually makes its way to the high court.

The president and White House officials involved in the process have fielded calls and messages and have been on the receiving end of public pleas and op-eds for or against specific candidates since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer.

Another Democrat, Senator Richard Blumenthal, on Sunday assailed Trump's reliance on a list of potential nominees endorsed by the conservative Federalist Society.

Barrett, 46, has the least judicial experience of the four, with only eight months as a judge after spending most of her career as a conservative legal scholar. Judge Thomas Hardiman is a USA appeals court judge that The Washington Post reports is a "Second Amendment extremist". The opinion, written for a three-judge panel, was eventually overturned by the full court.

He recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to get an abortion.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh stands on stage after he and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito participated in the opening panel of Georgetown Law Journal's annual symposium, in Washington, Thursday, November 2, 2017. He is seen as supporting originalism, an interpretation of the Constitution along the lines of its meaning at the time of enactment.

Now that Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement, many Democrats are demanding any confirmation process for Kennedy's successor be held off until January 2019, after the 2018 midterm elections.