Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Casey to Oppose Trump's Supreme Court Nomination

Casey to Oppose Trump's Supreme Court Nomination

"I have long heard that the most important decision a U.S. President can make is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice- Will be announced tonight at 9:00 P.M.", Trump tweeted Monday morning.

In anticipation of Trump filling the vacancy left by the retiring Anthony Kennedy - widely considered to be the court's "swing vote" - with a judge thought to have more conservative bona fides, many outside advocacy groups are already bracing for what will likely be a contentious confirmation battle.

Conservative outside groups are standing at the ready to make the case for Trump's Supreme Court choice, whoever it may be.

But, all of the talk with reporters had to do with whom President Trump will pick Monday night.

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. Kennedy, a member of the Judiciary Committee, which will get the first chance to question the nominee, predicted a "rough, tough, down in the dirt, ear-pulling, nose-biting fight".

For starters, Judicial Crisis Network is launching a $1.4 million ad buy on national cable and digital, with a particular focus on four states: Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

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Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said the choice of the next Supreme Court justice is too important for political considerations. While that argument won't sway Republicans, their strategy could stiffen Democratic resolve to oppose the nominee. Once that happened, I think that the Supreme Court was diminished for decades to come.

"Certainly, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Barrett have a lot of name recognition among supporters of the president, and I think that ultimately, when people like them are nominated, you'll see a lot of folks line up", he said. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington.

The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for Trump's eventual selection to win confirmation. All are conservative jurists in the mold of Trump's previous Supreme Court pick, Gorsuch. While Supreme Court justices tend to respect precedents set by previous courts, such as 1973's Roe v. Wade decision, the new court could seriously curtail some rights without fully overturning them.

Barrett is a Notre Dame Law School alumna, and she received the Hoynes Prize, the Law School's highest honor.

It also plans to run ads next week in Manchin's, Donnelly's and Heitkamp's home states with a softer tone, asking them to continue protecting people with pre-existing health conditions by opposing a nominee who'd threaten that. Kavanaugh had been a law clerk for Kennedy.

Hardiman was nominated to the federal trial court by George W. Bush in 2003 and to the 3rd Circuit in 2007, when he was confirmed by the Senate in a 95-0 vote.

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Barrett is a socially conservative judge who has drawn considerable attention for her personal religious beliefs, which critics have argued could influence her rulings as a Supreme Court Justice.

In a sign that the White House will try to pressure vulnerable Democrats to support Trump's nominee, both Sens.

Republicans are eager for conservatives to gain a firm majority on the court.

One Democrat up for re-election, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, announced Monday he would oppose any nominee from Trump's list of 25 possible candidates, drafted by conservative groups. "Any judge on this list is fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp".

Trump past year appointed Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, said he regretted that Reid had used the nuclear option in 2013, even though he had backed the move at the time.

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