Trump's Supreme Court justice pick: Names of 6 candidates interviewed by president

Leroy Wright
July 6, 2018

Bush appointee, Brett Kavanaugh who is now a Federal appellate judge at the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. That said Clarence Thomas was only on the circuit court for a year when he got the call to join the Supreme Court. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights.

Trump is now mostly focusing his attention on federal judges Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge, they said, requesting anonymity since they were not authorized to speak publicly. The senator's office confirmed that he spoke with President Trump on Monday - and while the White House made reference to the call, further details weren't disclosed by the administration.

The President conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates.

"If Democrats tried to go anti-Catholic with her, that'd backfire and we know it", said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.). Both Kethledge and Gorsuch once served Kennedy as law clerks, as did Kavanaugh. Trump has been interviewing candidates drawn from a 25-person list created by the Federalist Society, an organization of conservative and libertarian-leaning lawyers.

With the announcement scheduled for Monday, there are three finalists to replace Justice Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court and President Donald Trump has narrowed the field down from 30 to three.

Indeed, Lee even criticized Trump in June 2016 in a rant that cited his anger at Trump's attacks on "my best friend's father" as part of the reason why he was reluctant to back the then-reality TV star's presidential bid.

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The strategy is to convince Collins, who said she would not support a nominee who exhibits "hostility" toward Roe v. Wade, to vote against Trump's pick in hopes that other Republicans, including Sen.

Cruz said President George H.W. Bush's selection of liberal David Souter was "one of the most consequential errors of his presidency". Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., when the Senate Judiciary Committee considered her nomination to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. McConnell declined to consider Garland, saying that Scalia's replacement should be left to the next president. A graduate of University of Michigan Law School, he clerked for Kennedy in the late 1990s and advised Republican Senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan.

The remarks by liberal leaders at Thursday's news conference are aimed at raising pressure on senators, including Republicans Susan Collins of ME and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, who've backed abortion rights. Conservative groups rallied around Barrett after her confirmation hearing past year featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions.

Image and presentation plays a large role in Trump's choices for important nominees for various positions in the government. Mike Lee (R-Utah) to the post instead "because there is not a single soul out there who can doubt that a Justice Mike Lee would remain true to the convictions he has fought for his entire life". Contentious confirmation hearings in the Senate delayed his confirmation until 2006.

She was followed by Justice William Atuguba, who is one of the longest-serving judges of the Supreme Court.

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