Democrats' long-shot plan to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick

Clay Curtis
July 8, 2018

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham looks at President Trump's possible candidates to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. The US President, according to the White House, has interviewed seven candidates from his master list of 25 judges.

Trump, however, maintained Thursday that Monday remains his chosen date for an announcement.

However, compared to the other candidates on Trump's short list, Hardiman's overall ideological views are more moderate. He's also said to be upset about Kavanaugh's opinion in the Obamacare mandate litigation.

Justice Kennedy, 81, recently announced his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court. Like Collins, Murkowski supported Trump's first Supreme Court nominee previous year in Neil Gorsuch. "President Trump and I had a solid discussion about the Supreme Court vacancy".

President George W. Bush, meanwhile, nominated Kavanaugh, of Maryland, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in January 2006.

This as the administration continues its efforts fill the Supreme Court with conservative justices. Politico reported on Monday that the liberal action group Demand Justice was investing $5 million into a shock-and-awe messaging campaign that would emphasize the threat posed to abortion rights by Trump's potential nominee.

"They're all political, so let's just find a person that we can all agree with and put him on there", LePage said.

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"He's talking about Coney Barrett & Hardiman", Dawsey tweeted. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, are getting the brunt of television ads in their districts and in Washington, D.C., urging them to vote no. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told Coney Barrett past year during her confirmation hearing in an exchange about the judge's Catholic faith - a comment that was roundly criticized by religious leaders.

"If Democrats tried to go anti-Catholic with her, that'd backfire and we know it", said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.). He's seen as a solidly conservative choice with less baggage than Kavanaugh.

Democrats, meanwhile, prepared for the political war over the high court that could dominate the summer, with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) making his own suggestion for Trump.

McConnell also reportedly warned Trump that nominating Amy Coney Barrett, an extremist social conservative who wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, could lose the votes of Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.

The increasingly partisan nature of Supreme Court confirmation hearings - which led to the elimination of the Senate filibuster for nominees to the high court - has led some analysts to urge Trump to try to defuse the tension.

The statement came in response to a question about Collins' role in the upcoming Senate vote to confirm or reject whoever President Donald Trump nominates.

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