Liberals rally on court steps against Kavanaugh

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

"I have long heard that the most important decision a U.S. President can make is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice - Will be announced tonight at 9:00 P.M.", Trump tweeted.

Widespread shock and outright hysteria quickly followed the news that President Trump would within two years get a second U.S. Supreme Court pick.

Senator Chuck Schumer, D-New York, also took to Twitter blasting President Trump's nominee selection stating, "In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Trump has put reproductive rights and freedoms and health care protections for millions of Americans on the judicial chopping block".

The president has reportedly narrowed his choices down to three main candidates: current appellate judges Brett Kavanaugh of the DC Circuit; Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit; and Raymond Kethledge of the Sixth Circuit. But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight. Whoever is picked will face opposition from Democrats. Senator Patrick Leahy is a longtime member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. It will feature cable and digital advertising in states including Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

While the President's choice of Gorsuch to replace Scalia ensured the iconic conservative justice was replaced with another person highly regarded by conservatives, the vacancy created by Kennedy has given Trump the opportunity to replace a frequent swing vote with a conservative name.

Every Republican voted a year ago to confirm Associate Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who filled the vacancy left on the court by the late Antonin Scalia.

Officially, the White House hasn't indicated a preferred candidate and isn't expected to give away many clues until the announcement.

The report also noted that the Supreme Court - which recently affirmed freedom of speech in saying pro-life crisis pregnancy centers can not be forced to promote abortion and freedom of religion in a decision on behalf of Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips in the same-sex marriage fight - now is earning its highest approval ratings in several years.

In Janus v. AFSCME, Gorsuch voted to overrule a 41-year-old precedent upholding the constitutionality of state laws that allow public sector unions to require nonmembers to pay their fair share of the costs of collective bargaining. Jon Tester of Montana face the hard decision of whether to back Mr. Trump's nominee - which could help them win re-election, but at the cost of aggravating the Democratic Party's aggressive left wing. Kavanaugh had been a law clerk for Kennedy. As an attorney, Kavanaugh worked for the special counsel investigating former President Bill Clinton, who was eventually impeached, and also worked for the Bush campaign during the 2000 presidential election recount.

"When there's so little actual daylight between the four front-runners, it's not surprising that the partisans are going to try to grasp onto whatever micro distinction they can find", said Stephen Vladeck, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Texas Law School.

Hardiman was nominated to the federal trial court by George W. Bush in 2003 and to the 3rd Circuit in 2007, when he was confirmed by the Senate in a 95-0 vote.

"Trump will not be president", former President Obama said. She is a well-known conservative whose past comments on abortion drew attention at her Senate confirmation hearing. Jon Kyl would guide Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process. He now works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell threw his support behind Kavanaugh's nomination.

Before retiring in 2013, Kyl was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will be the first to consider the nomination. Asked by reporters how many people were being considered, the president said: "Let's say it's the four people ... they're excellent, every one". He called it the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp".