The Trump Presidency: Trump is due to announce pick for Supreme Court

Clay Curtis
July 10, 2018

"I know it drove millions and millions of evangelicals, more than any other issue, to the polls for Donald Trump".

CBS has learned he's narrowed the list of contenders to four appeals court judges.

The highly anticipated decision brought with it momentous implications for America on a wide range of issues including abortion, gun control, and immigration. "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a legal clerk for Justice Kennedy", Trump added, saying his nominee "deserves a swift confirmation and robust bipartisan support".

Trump introduced Kavanaugh as "a judge's judge" and cited his "proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

With reality television-style suspense, he had kept everyone guessing up until the last moment. Trump is said to be relishing the reality TV-like rollout of the nominee, who will replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, and it's not clear how undecided he actually is.

Trump had said he hoped to make his decision by the time he returned Sunday from a weekend in New Jersey, but he told reporters en route to the White House that he needed more time. Throughout this process I have witnessed firsthand your appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary. In the most recent Supreme Court term, progressive groups insisted that the Trump administration was violating the First Amendment by banning entrants into the United States from certain Muslim-majority nations - a view that conservatives, and ultimately the Supreme Court, disagreed with.

"I am grateful to you and I am humbled by your confidence in me".

For instance, Kavanaugh led the investigation into the death of Bill Clinton's Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster, and assisted in Kenneth Starr's 1998 report outlining the case for Clinton's impeachment. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1990 and Yale College in 1987. He's written 286 opinions, which is the most of any current judge under consideration. Judge Kavanaugh is relatively young, meaning he could serve for decades to come.

Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace. But Judge Kavanaugh may not be so accommodating. An Associated Press analysis found that roughly two-thirds of the judges who have been confirmed under Trump are white men.

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The front-runner was a front-runner for a reason.

"He's got a story that's compelling beyond the taxicab", former senator Rick Santorum, R-Pa., a friend of Hardiman's, said in an interview. In the end, however, the safe pick won out.

Trump made the election of conservative judges to the Supreme Court a cornerstone of his 2016 campaign.

Conservative judicial advocates say the judicial appointments are correcting the leftward tilt of the bench.

The announcement was set to spark an intense fight between Republicans and Democrats during the ensuing confirmation process in the US Senate.

The Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society are also readying resources to ensure a nominee is confirmed. It is unclear whether Senator John McCain, a Republican, will vote as he is undergoing brain cancer treatment. Republicans have a razor-thin Senate majority. "I will tell each senator that I revere the Constitution", Kavanaugh said. They see him as too pragmatic and have painted him as the kind of nominee who could betray conservatives. Trump signed Kavanaugh's nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence.

All eyes on which senators?

They see Trump and McConnell's revamping of the courts — in the face of Democratic filibusters that stall even popular nominees — as more important than even legislative victories. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Dianne Feinstein of California.

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings past year.

Activists have sent coat hangers - an abortion rights symbol - to her office.

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