President Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick; 3 judges top list

President Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick; 3 judges top list

President Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick; 3 judges top list

The source said Trump was still considering Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who serves on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Trump is expected to make his announcement Monday.

Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mold of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee past year.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, advocated for Lee in a Fox News op-ed, warning President Trump not to repeat "mistakes" of past Republican presidents by picking a Supreme Court nominee who turns out to be insufficiently conservative. Mike Lee (R-Utah). Sen. Some conservatives have been lobbying against him, worrying that his upbringing in the suburbs of Washington could mean he's the kind of justice who has disappointed conservatives before. Kethledge, of MI, serves on the Cincinnati-based 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals. Diane Feinstein drew improper focus to Barrett's deep Catholic faith, telling the nominee that "the dogma lives loudly within you".

Barrett has drawn some criticism, however, for her affiliation with a religious group called People of Praise, which has been considered a cult by some.

But National Review writer David French points out the group is "so dastardly" that Pope Francis appointed one of its members as auxiliary bishop of Portland.


This was made known by the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu on the Floor of the House today, Tuesday [July 3, 2018], following a statement the Presidency sent to Parliament. "They are shaped by love of Holy Scripture, prayer and community; and the Church's mission is richer for their presence". "You are well aware of her record, but below are just some of the reasons why we believe she is by far your best prospective nominee to the Supreme Court". Barrett was rigorously tested during her hearing previous year before the Senate Judiciary Committee. They are two votes Trump may lose if they come to conclude his nominee will overturn the Roe v. Wade precedent. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is another Republican who has supported abortion. The move complicated the outlook in the Senate, where Republicans have a narrow, 51-seat majority.

Paul has told colleagues that he may not vote for Kavanaugh if the judge is nominated, citing Kavanaugh's role during the Bush administration on cases involving executive privilege and the disclosure of documents to Congress, said the person familiar with Paul's conversations who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The ages for both Kethledge and Kavanaugh would widen the gap between the average ages of the conservative and liberal sides of the bench.

Air Force One landed at Newark Airport at 11:33 p.m. on Trump's return to New Jersey, according to White House pool reports. Kethledge and Kavanaugh both served as clerks for Kennedy.

Partisan rancor has flamed since Kennedy announced last week that he would be retiring after more than three decades on the Supreme Court. Lee, a former federal prosecutor who had clerked for Associate Justice Samuel Alito at the circuit court level and at the Supreme Court, was on that list.

This is the judicial model that made Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas so revered by conservatives, and it is why Justice Neil Gorsuch has been such a strong success for President Trump. She noted that it was never permitted for a judge to "follow their personal convictions in the decision of a case, rather than what the law requires".

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