How will Florida women fare after President Trump picks a SCOTUS nominee?

Pearl Mccarthy
July 10, 2018

While Trump hasn't named any specific contenders yet, it's widely believed that he is choosing between four federal appeals court judges-Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett, and Thomas Hardiman.

President Donald Trump is going down to the wire as he makes his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, but he says with his final four options "you can't go wrong".

Mr. Trump will reveal the nomination at 9 p.m.at the White House but told reporters on his way back to Washington from a weekend at his New Jersey golf club that he hadn't yet decided.

"I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump said, adding that he would "probably" have a decision by Sunday evening or Monday morning.

A confirmation of Mr. Trump's nominee could give conservatives a reliable, long-term majority on the highest court. Kethledge, 51, is a judge for the Cincinnati, Ohio-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, while Hardiman, 52, serves on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals - also appointed by Bush.

If the nomination is delayed and Democrats capture an extra seat in the Senate in November elections, Trump could be forced to compromise with liberals in order to fill Kennedy's seat.

Trump tweeted on Sunday that: "An exceptional person will be chosen!" In a recent case involving abortion and immigration, he wrote a decision that temporarily barred a pregnant teenager in immigration custody from obtaining an abortion.

They include Judge Raymond Kethledge, 51, who sits on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, who would puncture the Ivy League aura that cloaks the Supreme Court since he studied law at the University of MI and not Harvard or Yale.

Kavanaugh and Barrett had the inside track as of Thursday and Friday, as NPR first reported, but their supporters and opponents have gone after each other through the media and internally to the White House.

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In the coming year the court might have to consider Trump's powers and rights in the investigation into links between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, and whether he sought to obstruct that investigation.

Within Republican ranks, Senator Susan Collins has already signalled she could break with her party if Trump taps someone hostile to the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that guaranteed women's access to abortion.

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.

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 past year, but her brief time on the bench has raised questions about her experience.

"I'm open to voting yes".

Mr. Leo said the judges on the president's shortlist are "extraordinarily distinguished people". "I don't think my role is a rubber stamp for the President, but it's also not an automatic, knee-jerk no either", Jones said.

Barrett also clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight.

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