Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Casey to oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick

Casey to oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick

At 9 p.m., President Donald Trump is expected to announce his nominee for the Supreme Court.

The White House guest list for the Monday night announcement includes Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and another committee member, John Kennedy, R-La.

The President released an updated list last fall of 25 choices, including Judges Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman, who are believed to be included on Trump's shortlist for the nomination.

But with mere hours left to go before his self-imposed deadline, Trump, who has been consulting with family, friends and advisers this weekend while in Bedminster, New Jersey, has reportedly yet to make a final decision.

The White House said that Trump has kept his promise to be transparent, and to choose justices for the Supreme Court from a list made public for the American people to see and evaluate. I will - as he's out playing golf - I'm thinking of this person; I'm thinking of that person - but I will announce it on prime-time TV at the White House. "You can't go wrong". He financed his law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center by driving a taxi.

Kavanaugh, 53, is a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Yale Law School graduate who previously served in both Bush administrations.

"Bob Casey is so blinded by partisanship that he is opposing a nominee for the Supreme Court before the pick is announced". They must defend 10 seats in the Senate in states that President Trump won.

Senate Democrats are sure to press Kavanaugh to explain his views on investigating and impeaching a president based on allegations of lies and a cover-up, something that could prove uncomfortable for Trump given the investigation under way by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Plus, he is a former law clerk to Kennedy, who switched sides quite a bit during his time on the Supreme Court.

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal judge last fall - excited social conservatives since she was questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings a year ago, but her brief time on the bench has raised questions about her experience.

Trump instead has "gone to two far hard-right groups, the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society - asked them, not the Senate, to advise and consent on a Supreme Court nomination", Schumer railed.

Trump had little to say about his choice before the announcement.

The White House is hoping the Senate moves quickly to confirm Kavanaugh before the midterm elections in November threaten to unfurl the narrow Republican majority in the chamber and nix the precious leverage the GOP holds over some red state Democrats up for reelection in 2018. The opinion, written for a three-judge panel, was eventually overturned by the full court.

Signaling the fight ahead on abortion rights, Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement: "There's no way to sugarcoat it: With this nomination, the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is on the line". Hardiman, meanwhile, served with Trump's sister on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in Philadelphia.

Sherpas - a reference to the guides who lead climbers up Mount Everest - are responsible for accompanying nominees as they visit with senators and face confirmation hearings.

Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama has replaced Republican Sen.

"I think it's a bit of a scare tactic and rank speculation", Leo said on "This Week" Sunday, saying "nobody really knows" how Trump's nominee would rule on abortion if it ever arose.

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