Conservatives line up behind possible Trump Supreme Court finalists

Lester Mason
July 8, 2018

Mike Lee, R-Utah - and openly lobbying against another one of Trump's top contenders.

Barrett, 46, graduated from Notre Dame Law School where she was editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. All three are current federal judges, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge.

Pence met with Kethledge and Coney Barrett while in IN earlier this week, then sat down with Kavanaugh in Washington on Wednesday. "I think they're all outstanding". They will pull out all the stops to accelerate the politicization of the Supreme Court - but they will have to go through me first.

Trump has said that after he finishes interviewing he will select his nominee to replace Kennedy by Monday. But I have it down to four.

Both sides cited cases such as the recent one involving a cake-shop owner's decision not to make a cake for a gay wedding.

"Given their vision of a politicized judiciary, we should not be surprised when Democrats cry bloody murder at the announcement of the president's Supreme Court nominee", the retiring senator writes.

President Donald Trump may have left his Miss Universe days in the dust, but good looks and a glowing personality remain crucial to winning Trump's favor.

Trump told reporters Thursday that he had his short list down to between two and four candidates. He is the only evangelical Christian on the list of nominees Trump is considering; everyone else is Catholic. "I doubt it", he said.

On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted: "Big decision will soon be made on our next Justice of the Supreme 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 ever since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer.

"Do you know him?"

"It's a great group of intellectual talent", Trump said. Or, on Kavanaugh's link to the Bush network, with which Trump has clashed for years, the president has flatly asked, "What do you think?"

"The Rigged Witch Hunt, originally headed by Federal Bureau of Investigation lover boy Peter S (for one year) & now, 13 Angry Democrats, should look into the missing DNC Server, Crooked Hillary's illegally deleted Emails, the Pakistani Fraudster, Uranium One, Podesta & so much more", Trump tweeted. Trump may have firmed up his choice before departing for Montana on July 5 according to the source.

Debates over Kavanaugh's work with Bush and rulings he has made on health care and abortion continued to churn Thursday as critics urged the president to shy away from a judge with an establishment Republican pedigree.

And Kavanaugh also worked on "The Starr Report", which outlined the grounds for President Bill Clinton's impeachment. "The Bush lives loudly in Kavanaugh". Only one of those, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is a woman and she has picked up support from some social conservatives in particular. It's also possible he could be trying to nudge Trump toward picking Barrett.

"Unlike many people, he's not a D.C. insider", Yoo, who shared an office with Kethledge when they clerked for Kennedy from 1997 to 1998. The move complicated the outlook in the Senate, where Republicans have a narrow, 51-seat majority.

But Trump reportedly may jump the gun once he decides on the right person, according to Axios. Schumer, the person said, pressed the president to name Garland to succeed Kennedy, arguing that doing so would help unite the country. On Wednesday, Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, reiterated that she could not vote for a nominee with a "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion.

Trump nominated Barrett, of IN, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit IN May 2017.

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