Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Trump to Announce His Supreme Court Nominee Tonight

Trump to Announce His Supreme Court Nominee Tonight

It'll happen tonight at 9 p.m.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) insisted Sunday on NBC News' "Meet the Press" that delaying Trump's nominee as a Democratic bloc is even more important than the reelection hopes of vulnerable red-state senators struggling to retain their seats by supporting the nominee.

John Cornyn will be in the room when the president reveals his choice.

A ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats is expected as the president seeks to shift the nation's highest court further to the right.

MARTIN: NPR's Sarah McCammon joins us now in studio to talk about the president's choice.

MARTIN: Who on the president's list is considered to face the toughest confirmation battle?

Kavanaugh, 53, was first nominated to the appeals court by President George W. Bush in 2003. But a couple of concerns have arisen.

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Casey, who promotes himself as a moderate, relatively pro-life Democrat, could encounter reelection difficulties in the key swing state Trump carried in 2016 by unilaterally opposing the president's nominee. Also, just a lot of material for vetters to go through.

Trump says Kavanaugh has "impeccable credentials and unsurpassed qualifications".

Barrett, confirmed to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on October 31, has faced opposition by abortion rights groups because she has called Roe v. Wade an erroneous decision.

Former GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire helped shepherd Neil Gorsuch, Trump's pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia in 2017, through his successful confirmation process.

He's rooting for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, whose conservative views might draw the most ire from Democrats. And Feinstein's question was criticized as anti-Catholic. SCOTUSblog, which covers actions of the Supreme Court, said his opinions have shown an "originalist approach to the Second Amendment right to bear arms", and that he "has not weighed in directly on issues relating to abortion" - two hot-button issues.

"I'm very close to making a final decision". Another potential mark against her is she's pretty new to the federal bench. Susan Collins, of ME, to speak out, told Stephanopoulos last week that a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade "would not be acceptable", because it indicates an "activist agenda" she didn't want to see in a judge. The White House has been preparing information materials on all four, who were part of a longer list of 25 names vetted by conservative groups.

Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago. He's been vetted before. Jon Kyl would guide Trump's nominee through the grueling Senate process.

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MCCAMMON: Well it's something he needs to think about, for sure. Getting a nominee through takes time.

"Thank you, and God Bless America". You know, that said, he has made promises to his base. He specifically promised when he was running for president that if he got to pick two or three justices, Roe v. Wade would be overturned.

"That's what we're up against here", Schumer said.

Analysts say that could have weighed in his favour with the White House, given that the Supreme Court may at some point be asked to rule on matters arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing Russia-related investigation. The president has spent the days leading up to his announcement discussing the pros and cons of various contenders with aides and allies. He's going to Brussels for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in the middle of the week.

Gelernt said that process was created to vet relatives other than parents who might care for children who crossed the border without a parent.

Judge Kavanaugh said he would begin meetings with senators on Tuesday. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to push this through quickly. "And I expect we will do that on sort of a normal timetable, a couple of months".

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