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How significant is Trump's Supreme Court pick?

How significant is Trump's Supreme Court pick?

This morning, Casey's office released a statement followed by a series of tweets stating his opposition to President Donald Trump's selection for the United States Supreme Court.

And it's significant because his choice is expected to swing the court towards the right. "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a clerk for Justice Kennedy".

He is also a robust supporter of the executive power of the presidency. He was appointed to that post by President George W. Bush, after serving as Bush's White House staff secretary.

Trump's approach to naming a new Supreme Court justice has unnerved some Democrats.

"Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump said of Kavanaugh. She said the Senate "should confirm his nomination without delay".

Trump's short list continued to vacillate in the hours leading up to tonight's prime-time finale, where his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy will be revealed.

As a result, Democrats - unable to block the nominee unless they lure some Republican senators to their side - have stressed the high stakes of the president's decision as they prepare for the confirmation battle ahead.

Kavanaugh, who first appeared on Trump's roster of Federalist Society-approved potential Supreme Court nominees previous year, began his remarks by applauding Trump's "appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary".

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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.

Barrett spent much of her career as a law professor at the University of Notre Dame and has served as a judge for eight months, which gives her the least experience of any of the potential nominees.

The Senate's top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hailed a "superb choice" in Kavanaugh and urged senators to "put partisanship aside and consider his legal qualifications with the fairness, respect, and seriousness that a Supreme Court nomination ought to command". The other finalists, also federal appeals court judges, were Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania and Raymond Kethledge of MI. The White House had asked for McConnell's advice on the matter, the official said.

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Those views could have implications for independent counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of President Trump.

Barrett, who is 46, has less of a judicial record to review, having just been nominated to the appeals court by Trump a year ago. A more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's constitutional right. Another former Kennedy clerk, Kethledge is known for his strong defense of the Second Amendment. This may also not be Trump's last opportunity to appoint to the highest court in the United States: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is 85, and Justice Stephen Breyer turns 80 in August.

He called the system Trump is using to pick the nominee - mining from a pre-chosen pool of 25 conservative candidates - "corrupt". The White House said Monday that former Sen.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) insisted Sunday on NBC News' "Meet the Press" that delaying Trump's nominee as a Democratic bloc is even more important than the reelection hopes of vulnerable red-state senators struggling to retain their seats by supporting the nominee.


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