Trump says he will 'reject judicial activism' in Supreme Court pick

Posted July 06, 2018

We hit a home run there, and we're going to hit a home run here. "I'll give you the answer". He has also since repudiated the Clinton investigation, concluding that such probes of sitting president are detrimental to the country. Mike Lee, to earn a lifetime seat on the high court.

Judge Barrett was confirmed to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in October after serving as a law professor at Notre Dame.

Kavanaugh serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Mr. Trump is promising to select a "great" Supreme Court nominee to fill the vacancy of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has told colleagues he might not vote for Kavanaugh because of the judge's role during the Bush administration on cases involving executive privilege and the disclosure of documents to Congress.

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The senator has a few times threatened to withhold his vote on key Trump priorities citing ideological disagreements, most recently the nomination of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Even as White House counsel Donald McGahn fiercely guarded information about the candidate interviews and Trump's leanings, the president was engaging with the freewheeling loop of boosters, lawmakers and confidants that he has long counted on for political gut checks.

The messaging campaign will also underscore the risks faced by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under a conservative Supreme Court. Politico reported on Monday that the liberal action group Demand Justice was investing $5 million into a shock-and-awe messaging campaign that would emphasize the threat posed to abortion rights by Trump's potential nominee. Asked about the call, White House spokesman Raj Shah said only, "Yesterday, the President spoke on the phone with Sen". McConnell has effectively 50 votes, a bare majority, not the 52 he had in the beginning of the Trump presidency.

A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Hardiman would be the only justice who didn't attend an Ivy League law school, if confirmed. Ted Cruz of Texas, are supporting fellow Sen. Spence Abraham, who hired Kethledge as a young staffer in the 1990s.

Barrett, a former law clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, won Senate conformation October 31 on 55-43 vote. Barrett was born Amy Vivian Coney in New Orleans in 1972.

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Collins' office did not immediately respond to questions from the Bangor Daily News, but she has been a target of progressive groups in the fight over Kennedy's replacement over the past week. She is also a devout Catholic with seven children, and her religious beliefs came up in last year's confirmation hearing for her current post.

It's not surprising then - and indeed a "smart" strategy, according to Professor Lawless and others - that Democratic Senate minority leader Charles Schumer of NY is highlighting and pairing abortion rights and health care as issues that hang in the balance with Justice Kennedy's replacement. The stakes are certainly higher with a Supreme Court Justice, but her vote would go before all but one of the same Senators who just voted for her confirmation.

But her short tenure on the bench may work against her.

That reversal could establish groundwork to tackle the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

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In conversations with TIME ahead of Trump's announcement, Judiciary Committee Republicans were reluctant to offer insight into any of the nominees, but say they resented the Democrats' preemptive approach. The four judges who were appointed by Democratic presidents have an average age of 71.5 years, nearly five years more than on the Republican side.