Donald Trump urged to avoid controversial Supreme Court pick

Trump's SCOTUS nomination on Monday follows his successful pick of Justice Neil Gorsuch last year

Trump's SCOTUS nomination on Monday follows his successful pick of Justice Neil Gorsuch last year

President Trump, after less than two weeks of deliberations, is set to announce tonight his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a choice that could well affect the court, and American jurisprudence, for a generation.

As soon as Trump announces his Supreme Court pick, Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative political advocacy organization, says it will start airing ads in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia promoting the nomination.

Abortion rights have not been the focus of interviews with Supreme Court candidates or internal White House debates about whom to nominate, says a key adviser to President Donald Trump who claims each of the four finalists would be confirmed by the Senate.

The President's pick sets the stage for a high-stakes showdown with congressional Democrats, which have vowed to fight Trump's nominee tooth-and-nail during the confirmation process.

The Republican leader in the Senate is trying to steer Donald Trump away from picking a Supreme Court justice open to overturning abortion rights, fearing that the most controversial choice could provoke a bitter confirmation battle. The president also has been considering federal appeals court Judges Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman.

Liberal groups have geared up to protect Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that upheld women's rights to an abortion, from being overturned.

Before boarding Air Force One en route to Washington, Trump said he was considering four people and that of those under consideration, "you can't go wrong".

"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", said Sen.

"They're good judges, " Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

The president and White House officials involved in the process have fielded calls and messages and have been on the receiving end of public pleas and op-eds for or against specific candidates since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer. I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court. "And I expect we'll do that on sort of a normal timetable of a couple of months". Kavanaugh, who worked on the investigation that led to President Bill Clinton's impeachment, later wrote that he thinks presidents shouldn't have to deal with criminal investigations or civil lawsuits while in office - a view that Trump might find attractive. He is also former law clerk to Kennedy, as is Kethledge.

Support for nomination: Some social conservatives fear Kavanaugh isn't committed to issues that matter to them, like abortion. As a result, the Republicans were later able to block Mr. Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland after Mr. Scalia died in 2017, and can now proceed with a vote on the Trump nominee with only 50 votes in hand rather than 60.

Casey supported Hardiman's appointment to the Third Circuit in 2007, saying he was well qualified to serve on that court. "And what makes a judge the most fair and courageous and impartial is the idea that he interprets the law as written".

But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions. Former President George W. Bush nominated him to the appeals court in 2003. He is seen as supporting originalism, an interpretation of the Constitution along the lines of its meaning at the time of enactment.

The confirmation process promises to be a fight, and Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority - with nearly no room to lose votes as Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona remains absent while fighting brain cancer.

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