Americans want Senate to move quickly on Supreme pick

Today in Trump’s America Trump’s Supreme Court reality show ends with final pick Monday night

President Donald Trump was poised Monday to nominate a new conservative judge to the Supreme Court, a decision with momentous implications for America on everything from abortion to guns to immigration.

The seat, vacated by retiring justice Anthony Kennedy, is expected to be filled in the coming months with Trump set to announce his nominee tonight at 9:00 PM.

In the coming year the court might have to consider Trump's powers and rights in the investigation into links between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, and whether he sought to obstruct that probe.

"Casey's willingness to oppose any nominee off of a list that includes judges he has previously voted for shows he will oppose President Trump at all costs, even when doing so makes him look like a partisan hack". Whoever is picked will face opposition from Democrats.

For years Kennedy often served as the tie-breaking swing vote between conservatives and liberals on the nine-member bench. Democratic senators serving in Republican-leaning states including Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of in and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota made similar remarks, though top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer blasted Trump's pick. But it's likely that supporters of abortion rights are still wondering about this issue.

Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on abortion. Once that happened, I think that the Supreme Court was diminished for decades to come. GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell instead waited for the 2016 election, hoping a Republican would be elected president and nominate Scalia's successor. He's an appeals court judge - federal appeals court judge in D.C. And heading into the weekend, he was seen as a favorite.

Democrats girded for a fight as Trump kept up the suspense surrounding his shortlist of four possibles, all with solid right-wing credentials, ahead of the televised announcement to be made in prime time from the White House.

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Barrett also clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. That decision was later overturned.

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 a year ago.

Raymond Kethledge of MI, who also has many high-profile supporters who see him as a positive alternative to the other three.

But that element of his record is among the reasons that some Republicans in Congress are concerned about a confirmation hearing in the Senate. Ten Democrats from states that Trump won are up for re-election this fall and will be under tremendous pressure to back the president's nominee.

"From the perspective of judicial conservatives, Trump really can't lose here", Josh Blackman, an associate professor at South Texas College of Law, told AFP. Justice Kennedy devoted his career to securing liberty. White House aides said they have prepared "rollout packages" for the four finalists. Jon Kyl of Arizona would guide the nominee through the Senate confirmation process. He works for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. The official said the White House reached out to every member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold confirmation hearings, and that only Democrat Kamala Harris "refused to engage".

He called the system Trump is using to pick the nominee - mining from a pre-chosen pool of 25 conservative candidates - "corrupt".

No. Republicans increased their Senate majority in the 2004 elections and the nuclear option was largely taken off the table. Liberal advocacy groups are challenging Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to keep the Democrats united. They're all up for re-election in 2018 in states that voted strongly for Donald Trump in 2016, and it's not clear yet how they'll vote for the president's second Supreme Court nominee, especially given that this next justice, unlike Gorsuch, will change the balance of the court.

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