Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

What to expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle

What to expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle

The First Family spent the weekend at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. "I am thinking about this person".

President Donald Trump has already placed one justice on the court, Neil Gorsuch, and says he wants to choose a "great one" to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Democrats have made health care and reproductive rights the centerpiece of their argument against Trump's nominee, and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., doubled down on that argument in a speech on the Senate floor Monday afternoon, arguing that "those rights would be gravely threatened" by any nominee from Trump's list. Barletta was elected to the U.S. House in 2010-a Republican "wave" year-and was also rumored to be on Trump's short list for labor secretary during the transition.

In 2017, when Hardiman was last considered for a Supreme Court seat, he had the support of the president's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry.

"The conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you".

Besides Kavanaugh, other top contenders were federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. A conservative will tip the balance of the court for the first time in decades, and that puts Democrats in a bind. Regardless of his choice, it's likely that the closely divided Senate will be holding a momentous confirmation vote just weeks before the midterm election. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Sen.

Trump in recent days has narrowed his shortlist for the high court. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said over the weekend on "Fox News Sunday".

MARTIN: NPR's Sarah McCammon joins us now in studio to talk about the president's choice. In the Senate, Republicans hold a slim 51-49 advantage.

But for the vast majority of American history, nominees for nation's highest court effectively needed at least 60 votes, which often required some bipartisan support for the president's pick.

The vote is complicated by the absence of Sen.

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Moderate Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski said they could carefully vet Kavanaugh before deciding how to vote. I take my responsibility of "advice and consent" very seriously and look forward to the Judiciary Committee's thorough vetting of Judge Kavanaugh's record.

The pollster said the result is comparable to attitudes in February 2016 following the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. In the latter three states, vulnerable Senate Democrats face tough reelection battles this November, while in Alabama, Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly of IN - backed the Gorsuch pick.

So Senate Republicans began toying around with an idea they called "the Hulk", a secret plan to remove the 60-vote threshold via a rule change.

"It is a dilemma in one respect but not in another", Durbin said of the red-state senators' choices. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania - up for re-election - says he'll be opposed. In that decision, Kethledge accepted the assertions of Border Patrol agents that in using the terms "wets" and "tonks", they were referring to undocumented persons generally and not to Hispanics specifically. "It's about more than the next election". It's about what country - the United States of America - is going to chart as its course in the future on this Supreme Court. They may need every Republican senator to secure the seat without Democratic help. "It goes beyond the next election".

Asked whether he would back Mr. Trump's pick, Sen. He said that might mean it could take more time to generate the same level of conservative enthusiasm behind them.

The choice could be made all the more hard for Casey if Trump nominates Thomas Hardiman, now serving as a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals which covers part of Pennsylvania, and who was first appointed to serve in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh in 2003.

Sherpas - a reference to the guides who lead climbers up Mount Everest - are responsible for accompanying nominees as they visit with senators and face confirmation hearings.

He also spoke highly of Hardiman and Kavanaugh, describing Kavanaugh as "politically very astute, honest, decent, good looking - he's got it all!"

"I'm very confident with this president's enthusiasm and with Leader [Mitch] McConnell's enthusiasm that they can get anybody confirmed", Leo told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday. He was in the running past year for the Supreme Court seat left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

"I think we can confirm any of the four names being mentioned", he said.

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