Profiles of Possible US Supreme Court Justices

Lester Mason
July 11, 2018

Judge Thomas Hardiman is a US appeals court judge that The Washington Post reports is a "Second Amendment extremist".

President Donald Trump is set to announce his nomination for the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, to fill the seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy when he announced his retirement on the last day of the Supreme Court session on June 28th.

"In a nation with over 700 sitting federal judges, many of whom were appointed by Republican presidents, it is outrageous that President Trump will nominate from a list of just 25 dictated to him by the Heritage Foundation", Casey complained. He was an author of the Starr Report, which urged the House to impeach the president for lying about a sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

"Well, it's still - let's say it's the four people. Every one. You can't go wrong".

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and a former clerk for Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice. He also has a compelling personal story: He went to the University of Notre Dame as the first person in his family to go to college.

"Former Sen. Jon Kyl has agreed to serve as the Sherpa for the President's nominee to the Supreme Court", White House spokesman Raj Shah said Monday afternoon. Dianne Feinstein past year during her confirmation hearing to the federal bench. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who opposes abortion, announced on Monday he can not support a process that involved Trump's picking from a list of 25 candidates selected by conservatives and big business.

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

Kyl, who retired at the beginning of 2013, is a familiar face to many within the chamber.

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


The White House and Republican party want the nomination in the bag before November's mid-term elections.

The nominee is expected to meet in coming days with senators at their offices, going door-to-door in get-to-know-you sessions ahead of confirmation hearings. The New York Times is also reporting that Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for either Hardiman or Raymond Kethledge, another option.

His job, known as the "Sherpa", is to help the nominee anticipate the types of questions senators might pose.

"I honestly think that if it's one of the four, I think that they will be relatively easily confirmed", Cornyn said.

It is a high-profile vetting process that will kick off with the public event at the White House on Monday night.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) insisted Sunday on NBC News' "Meet the Press" that delaying Trump's nominee as a Democratic bloc is even more important than the reelection hopes of vulnerable red-state senators struggling to retain their seats by supporting the nominee.

Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia will be prime targets.

Throughout the search for Trump's second Supreme Court nominee, Kavanaugh was a favorite of the conservative legal cognoscenti. He was a runner-up previous year when Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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