Sunday, 22 July, 2018

President Trump meets with several Supreme Court contenders

Collins speaks at the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce's Quarterly Business Breakfast in Rockport Maine U.S Sen. Cantwell weighs in on SCOTUS pick
Diane Mills | 05 July, 2018, 06:45

Shah, who serves as principal deputy press secretary under Sarah Huckabee Sanders, "will oversee communications, strategy and messaging coordination with Capitol Hill allies", Sanders said in a statement. Justin Clark, director of the Office of Public Liaison, will oversee White House coordination with outside groups.

Liberal media outlets are already targeting a potential nominee to replace Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court as President Trump eyes potential picks.

Trump told reporters that the candidates he met with are "outstanding people and they are really incredible people in so many different ways, academically and in every other way".

President Donald Trump is in the process of picking a replacement for outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and at least two MI judges are being closely considered. Trump says, "We're going to hit a home run here".

The future orientation of the Supreme Court depends on who will succeed Kennedy, a conservative.

However, the president also stressed, "I'm putting conservative people on", citing his "outstanding" pick past year of Justice Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Even Leonard Leo of the conservative Federalist Society, who is advising Trump on his Court pick, has noted the importance of precedent. A former justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, she graduated from NU and Marquette University Law School. The Senate confirmed Gorsuch after a fierce battle.

Abortion rights advocates are using the #HangersForCollins and tweeting images of coat hangers a message aimed at Maine Republican Sen. Harry Reid. The Reid rule requires only a simple majority to confirm a judicial nominee without the threat of indefinite delay through a filibuster.

"Mitch McConnell, shame on you, the people deserve a say, too", the protesters chanted. "If chosen as the nominee, she will be the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and to strike down preexisting conditions protections in the ACA". "We believe him. Don't you, Senator Collins?" That is to say, the legal war will continue, with some encouragement to the handful of Arkansas legislators whose reason for existence is to make it a crime for women to get an abortion.

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Sri Srinivasan, a judge on the DC circuit court of appeals, came closest to be named but lost in one-to-one toss up in 2016, when President Barack Obama went with Merrick Garland, whose nomination was blocked by a Republican-controlled U.S. senate. "Mike Lee." Lee is the only lawmaker on Trump's list of potential justices.

On Sunday, Leonard Leo, an outside adviser to Trump on judicial nominations, said he expected Trump to select a nominee who is mindful of precedent but who is also more "originalist and textualist".

In announcing last week that he is stepping down, Kennedy said he wanted to spend more time with his family.

One of the names on Donald Trump's Supreme Court shortlist is a 46-year-old appellate court judge, former law professor and mother of seven.

Minuses: Despite a decade on the appeals court, his record is thin in several areas of the law, which worries some conservatives. Despite the Supreme Court's prominence, thousands of consequential court decisions are made in the lower courts.

The senator has a couple of times threatened to withhold his vote on key Trump priorities citing ideological disagreements, most recently the nomination of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The appointments flipped the makeup of the nation's lower courts.

"We do not have a majority of Democrats in the Senate, that is true", Fallon said.

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