Senators warn against divisive, anti-abortion court nominee

  • Senators warn against divisive, anti-abortion court nominee

Senators warn against divisive, anti-abortion court nominee

There is only one reason for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., not to follow the precedent he set in 2016 by refusing to consider Merrick Garland, then-President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court: "Mitch McConnell doesn't care", said Steve Benen, an MSNBC producer for "The Rachel Maddow Show".

A Republican nominee also offers the best chance to sustain Justice Kennedy's legacy, despite the fear and loathing you hear on the left. They include judges Amy Coney Barrett, 46, the most talked-about woman on the list; Thomas Hardiman, 52, the runner-up to Gorsuch past year; Raymond Kethledge, 51, another former Kennedy clerk; and Amul Thapar, 49, a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Two key Republican women, Collins and Sen.

In the meantime, as the White House turned to stocking the lower courts, it did not overlook Kennedy's clerks.

Should Trump announce his pick as advertised, it would mark just 13 days since Kennedy's announcement.

Ellison was referring to a direct quote from a Trump campaign statement that Trump read at a December 7, 2015, rally.

Falwell insisted only that Trump make his next selection from the list of prospective nominees he released before his election. As he made his way out of the chamber, Trump paused to chat with the justice.

Kennedy's retirement announcement was the "culmination of Trump's year-and-a-half-long charm offensive", said Washington Examiner commentary writer Philip Wegmann. For once Don Jr. was a political asset; Kennedy's son Justin, Deutsche Bank's global head of real-estate capital markets, knows the younger Trump from his work as a real-estate developer.

"During Mr. Kennedy's tenure, Deutsche Bank became Mr. Trump's most important lender, dispensing well over $1 billion in loans to him for the renovation and construction of skyscrapers in NY and Chicago at a time other mainstream banks were wary of doing business with him because of his troubled business history", Liptak and Haberman continued.

In September, Trump issued a proclamation restricting certain nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela from obtaining visas to travel to the U.S. It was the third version of the Trump administration's attempt to restrict entry to the U.S. after two executive orders earlier in 2017.

Lee is on Trump's initial list of possible Supreme Court picks. The two had met at a lunch after the inauguration, and Trump brought along her daughter, Arabella Kushner. Neither senator is known for telegraphing how they will cast their votes until right before the vote is called, so the spotlight will likely be on them in the months ahead. "And I think any one of them should be supported", he said.

The Times article describes an unusually close relationship between Justice Kennedy and Trump and a "quiet campaign" from the White House to encourage Kennedy to retire.

Flake could unilaterally block any judicial nominee from advancing beyond the Senate Judiciary Committee by voting with the Democrats in opposition.

Grassley said speed was of the essence in light of the midterm elections in November. "I'm convinced the people on this list are Gorsuch-like", said Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life.

In an exclusive interview with FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo, Trump commented on whether or not he will ask potential nominees where they stand on the case. Of the members of the current court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the only justice to join the court after celebrating a 60th birthday. The poll was conducted before Kennedy's retirement was announced.

Judge Thapar, 49, is also a Trump appointee. "Hold your nose and go vote", Graham told more than 10,000 Christians at a prayer rally after the news broke.

Senators, particularly Democratic ones, are warning the president that he should consult with lawmakers before making a choice.