Monday, 23 July, 2018

Trump's SCOTUS nominee could make or break the Missouri Senate race

M. Kethledge. Right M. Kethledge. Right
Gerardo Duncan | 09 July, 2018, 03:31

Trump has said that he will reveal his pick this Monday, July 9 - 12 days after Kennedy announced his retirement - at 9/8c.

According to National Public Radio (NPR), President Trump has reduced the names of the potential nominees to three judges - Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge.

He said Kavanaugh would be his top choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Mr. Thapar was on the shortlist of candidates after Judge Antonin Scalia died in 2016.

While the U.S. Senate once required a 60-vote supermajority to overcome blocking tactics against Supreme Court nominees, the Republican majority changed the rules a year ago during the debate on Justice Neil Gorsuch.

In his conversations over the weekend, Trump expressed renewed interest in Hardiman - the runner-up when Trump nominated Gorsuch, said two people with knowledge of his thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Trump during his campaign in 2016 said he would appoint justices who would overturn the landmark 1973 decision that said women have a constitutional right to an abortion.

"Am I optimistic that [Trump is] going to nominate somebody that I would feel comfortable about?" said McCaskill.

"I've never seen a president of the United States in effect make himself a puppet of outside groups and choose from a group of right-wing fringe ideologues that are prepared on this list", the CT lawmaker said on ABC just moments after Leo's interview.

"Let's say it's the four people", Trump said.

He said he believes that any of the four candidates on the short list will dismantle Roe v. Wade and other hard-fought rights. "So I think it's a bit of a scare tactic and rank speculation more than anything else".

"I think we can confirm any of the four names being mentioned", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Mr Trump had on Friday discussed the nomination with Vice President Mike Pence in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Last year, Trump appointed Thapar, who sits on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals and a former United States Attorney, for the District of Kentucky and District Judge.

The New York Times on Sunday reported that the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, was strongly urging Trump to opt for either Hardiman or Kethledge on grounds that the other two might be impossible to get confirmed.

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