Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Trump narrows down Supreme Court Justice replacements

Trump narrows down Supreme Court Justice replacements

Having graduated first in her class at the Northwestern University School of Law, Larsen moved on to a lightning legal career: Deputy assistant attorney general under George W. Bush, justice of the Michigan Supreme Court from 2015 to 2017, and then US appellate judge for the past two years.

Some possible nominees being eyed include Thomas Hardiman, who serves alongside Trump's sister on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Raymond Kethledge, a federal appeals court judge who clerked for Kennedy.

Two women are also reportedly on Trump's shortlist, including Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who is considered another frontrunner for Kennedy's seat. Those laws are facing legal challenges, some of which seem likely to end up before the Supreme Court. The exit of Kennedy, often a swing vote in 5-4 decisions, gives Trump the opportunity to nominate a strict conservative and move the court farther to the right.

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The president said on Friday that two candidates could be interviewed as early as this weekend, though he refused to confirm their identity.

In a tweet today, the president said he will be making his choice for supreme court justice on July 9th.

"They're smart and tapped into the conservative legal community", he said. In the Trump administration, Kavanaugh's biggest booster is White House counsel Don McGahn.

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Murkowski isn't rated as favorably among abortion rights groups, she has a 58-percent vote rating in 2018 from Planned Parenthood, but arguably there is no one in the Senate more independent than the Alaska Republican, and prouder of her reputation among women in her state. How about some more R29 goodness, right here?

In Alabama, Tom Parker, a Republican associate justice on the state Supreme Court who is campaigning to become the state's chief justice, explicitly raised the potential of sending cases to Washington that would lead to the overturning of key rulings, including Roe v. Wade.

And now, as the focus shifts toward the president's next Supreme Court nomination, evangelical leaders who once held their noses and voted for Trump have little doubt he will pick someone who shares their conservative views on abortion, same-sex marriage and other social issues. Also attending were Republican Charles Grassley and Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp. He said we are not final because we are infallible, we are infallible what we are final.

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The first private White House meeting between evangelical leaders and senior Trump officials came in the days after the Gorsuch nomination, said Moore, who was in attendance. "I'm going to try and do something like that, but I don't think I'm going to be so specific".

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