Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Trump narrows Supreme Court list, to name nominee July 9

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Kim Reese | 01 July, 2018, 08:12

In interviewing candidates, Trump said he would not discuss whether they would reverse the Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision.

Other women on the list include Joan Larsen, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati and previously served as a Michigan Supreme Court Justice, and Allison Eid, who serves on the federal appeals court based in Denver and previously served as a Colorado Supreme Court justice.

The Federalist Society is a nationwide organization of conservative lawyers who espouse conservative judicial philosophies. Virtually raised in the law (His father, Rex Lee, was President Ronald Reagan's solicitor general, and his brother, Tom Lee, is a justice of the Utah Supreme Court), Brigham Young graduate Lee clerked for Samuel Alito when the justice was an appellate judge.

Trump has made his intentions and vision for the United States very clear from the beginning.

Ninety percent of Democrats said the vacancy would make them more likely to vote for a Democratic Senate candidate in the November 6 election, compared with 81 percent of Republicans who said the issue would make them more likely to vote for a Senate candidate from their party. "The way he puts it, is someone who is quote, 'not weak, '" Leo said.

White House aide Marc Short said on MSNBC that the White House hoped for a Senate confirmation vote in September.

"He's an outstanding talent", Trump said of Lee.

Ultimately, the most important consideration for the White House is that the nominee gets confirmed.

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"We have to pick a great one".

Henne, however, said Democratic anger would only intensify during and after the nomination battle, which is likely to consume Washington for months and thrust the court's ideological makeup into the forefront of voters' minds.

Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly of IN met with the president Thursday evening and reported afterward they had a productive conversation. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, filed in after Donnelly. 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.

The poll, which was conducted on Thursday and Friday, found that abortion ranked a distant fourth when respondents were asked to list the issue of most concern to them among several that could come before the court.

McConnell later told reporters Saturday he has "no idea" who the president will choose.

"All that stuff is red flags for all Americans", Manchin said he told the president.

Already the confirmation process is becoming a debate about the future of abortion rights in America and whether the nominee would uphold the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and subsequent challenges that have upheld a woman's right to abortion access.

The nine-point difference could suggest an enthusiasm gap between the parties, as liberal groups sound the alarm that a newly configured court could outlaw abortion rights if a conservative nominee replaces Kennedy's swing vote.

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