What to expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle

  • What to expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle

What to expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle

"Remember, the President ran on the Supreme Court issue and that greatly enthused voters", Leonard Leo, who is now on leave from the Federalist Society, where he helped craft Trump's list of candidates, said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday.

President Donald Trump is expected to select a Supreme Court nominee from a four-person list when he makes his announcement at 9 p.m.

"I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump said, adding that he would "probably" have a decision by Sunday evening or Monday morning.

He did however, let slip that four are under consideration, and most reports indicate the final candidates are current appellate judges Brett Kavanaugh of the DC Circuit, Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit, Raymond Kethledge of the Sixth Circuit, and Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit. "I'm glad he's on the list - are all winners", Sen.

Republicans outnumber Democrats, 51 to 49, in the Senate. Graham says red-state Democrats may be the key to securing the nomination. 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.

"I'm not sure I'm leaning anywhere on those four nominees. They're good judges. I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court", Blunt said. "I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here and I expect we'll do that on sort of a normal timetable of a couple of months".

Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them". "You can't go wrong", the president told reporters Sunday. Kavanaugh has an extensive paper trail that could potentially enable Democrats to stretch the confirmation beyond the 2018 midterm election. But in terms of selecting his nominee, the president said he would not use Roe v. Wade as a litmus test for a nominee. "And after that 36-year period, we only have a single individual on the court who has expressly said he would overturn Roe", said Leo. Previously, Collins voted for Gorsuch because of his belief in the significance of precedent.

Trump's sister, a retired federal judge, served with Hardiman on the 3rd Circuit and reportedly recommended him for the job. Many, including Leo, believe that it was a major contributing factor to his victory in 2016.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and former clerk for Justice Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice. Barry served alongside Hardiman as a federal appeals judge on the 3rd Circuit before stepping down a year ago.

Kethledge serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Barrett, who is 46, has less of a judicial record to review, having just been nominated to the appeals court by Trump past year.