Trump decides on Supreme Court pick, announcement to come

Kenny Tucker
July 10, 2018

If she's chosen and confirmed, it would be the first time four women would serve together on the nine-member Supreme Court.

Hardiman has a personal connection to the president, having served with Trump's sister on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. Hardiman, who drove a cab as he worked his way through college, was in the running for the seat that eventually went to Gorsuch. "Lots of presidents before him have said these kinds of things - on both sides of the aisle".

Barrett is considered the favorite of social conservatives, including pro-life activists.

They are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to wait until after the November election to schedule a hearing and vote. The White House has been preparing information materials on all four, who were part of a longer list of 25 names vetted by conservative groups.

If Collins and Murkowski vote "no" and Democrats all vote "no", the nomination would be blocked. "And after that 36 year period, we only have a single individual on the court who has expressly said he would overturn Roe".

Now, mindful that moderate Maine GOP Sen.

President Trump spent the weekend discussing his options with other officials and is expected to announce his pick Monday night.

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.

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Byrne, R-Fairhope, is considered one of Jones's potential 2020 opponents in what could be a fierce battle for a Senate seat that, before last December's special election, had always been in Republican hands.

"I'm open to voting yes".

"I think the path to confirmation for any of the final four is not a problem", he told CNN.

Relishing the guessing game beyond the White House gates, Trump had little to say about his choice.

The announcement will set in a motion a brutal - and expensive - political battle over Trump's supreme court nominee.

Recent developments underline the shrewdness of Trump's campaign team, which published a list of potential court nominees with stellar conservative credentials before he faced off against Hillary Clinton.

While President Donald Trump told reporters on Sunday that he is still mulling over four judges who could become his Supreme Court justice pick, The New York Times reported that Trump may favor a candidate with ties to his family. The nomination is poised to cement the Supreme Court's conservative majority, vastly reshaping the court for decades to come. The ad is expected to feature an introductory bio on the president's yet-to-be-named Supreme Court nominee.

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