President Trump May Have to Compromise on Supreme Court Nomination

President Trump May Have to Compromise on Supreme Court Nomination

The president has reportedly narrowed his list of 25 potential nominees to three federal appeals court judges: Raymond Kethledge, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett - with focus on the latter two, sources told NPR. Rand Paul of Kentucky, about the process.

Paul and another Republican, Sen.

"I am interviewing some extraordinarily talented and brilliant people and I'm very, very happy with them and we will pick somebody who will be outstanding, hopefully for many years to come", Trump said Thursday.

Legal analysts noted that Kennedy's departure leaves a critical void on the high court.

"Past Republican presidents have repeatedly nominated justices who failed to live up to the principles they were selected to represent", Cruz wrote. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said, "We will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy's successor this fall". IL law protects it. Trump conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates. He could still consider others in the mix.

The White House is preparing promotional campaigns for multiple candidates, including Kavanaugh, Barrett, Kethledge and Hardiman, who sits on the same circuit as Trump's sister, Maryanne Barry. The person did not specify which candidates Pence met with and spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday to describe the private search process. Viewed warily by his party's conservative base, Trump has been keen to note that all of his picks have been vetted by conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.

President Donald Trump isn't the only administration official meeting with potential nominees for the Supreme Court.

On Election Day 2016, a fifth of all voters said the Supreme Court was their No. 1 voting issue - and majority voted for Trump, says Mallory Quigley, spokesperson for the Susan B. Anthony List, which supports antiabortion candidates and lobbies on behalf of law and policy restricting abortion rights.

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Savoring the suspense, Trump has sought to keep people guessing in the final hours, hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago.

Trump's choice to replace Kennedy - a swing vote on the nine-member court - has the potential to remake the court for a generation as part of precedent-shattering decisions on abortion, health care, gay marriage and other issues.

"No other candidate has his combination of record, ability, and a sure-fire path to confirmation - and no other candidate would excite conservative voters this November more than someone they know and trust, like Mike Lee", he wrote.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and former clerk for Justice Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice.

Kavanaugh, 53, who graduated from Yale University and law school, is the only Ivy Leaguer on the shortlist at this point, and Trump has made plain he likes to tout elite credentials.

On abortion, Barrett has said that she believes life begins at conception, and has also criticized Roe v. Wade. Recognizing the stakes, many Democrats have lined up in opposition to any Trump pick, and Republican lawmakers and activists are seeking to shape the president's decision.

Raymond Kethledge, a former Kennedy law clerk and appeals court judge from MI, is thought to be a leading contender.

Many of these questions surrounded Barrett's Catholic faith-she is a member of a Catholic revivalist group called "People of Praise," in which members swear an oath of loyalty and give each other input on personal life decisions-and some anxious this would influence her political opinions. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, urging them to hold firm in their support of access to abortion services.

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