Trump focused on Kavanaugh, Kethledge for Supreme Court

Trump focused on Kavanaugh, Kethledge for Supreme Court

That's why some people argue for calm and caution in the upcoming process to appoint a Supreme Court justice to replace Anthony Kennedy. As part of the rollout process, the White House has been preparing information packages on all four, said two people familiar with the process who were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. The president enjoyed the suspenseful process leading up to his announcement a year ago that he was nominating Neil Gorsuch for the high court and is hoping to keep the guessing game going until he announces his pick Monday in prime time.

"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.

That list is headed by federal appeals court judges Raymond Kethledge of MI and Amy Coney Barrett of IN, said people familiar with the selection process who where not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations. Barrett is on President Donald Trump's list of potential Supreme Court Justice candidates to fill the spot vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The senator also told the president he could unify the country by nominating Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's choice for the Supreme Court who was blocked by Republicans in 2016.

Winnie Wong, political adviser of Women's March, said her liberal activist group is planning marches, rallies and "massive civil disobedience" and said Schumer should press all Democrats to oppose Trump's nominee. Pence has also spoken to Republican senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen.

Most U.S. analysts assume that Trump's court choice, no matter who it is, will push the court toward more conservative rulings, possibly overturning some of the decisions Kennedy favored.

Cruz said President George H.W. Bush's selection of liberal David Souter was "one of the most consequential errors of his presidency".

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But if Republicans have the votes to prevail, some Democrats looking ahead to November want to give the three moderates room to stray if they so decide.

Lee, he said, would be a "sure thing". He also pointed to former justices William Brennan, John Paul Stevens and Harry Blackmun, the latter of whom wrote the Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's right to abortion.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has told colleagues he may not vote for Kavanaugh if the judge is nominated, citing Kavanaugh's role during the Bush administration on cases involving executive privilege and the disclosure of documents to Congress, said a person familiar with Paul's conversations who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

"Last year, I was proud to appoint Justice Kennedy's former law clerk, Neil Gorsuch, to the Supreme Court", Trump said. Kethledge, of MI, serves on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He has served as a law clerk to outgoing Justice Kennedy, and to two other appellate judges. Both are in their early 50s and potentially could serve decades in the lifetime post on the nine-member court.

Barrett's profile rose rapidly a year ago with conservative groups after her confirmation hearing featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions. Recognizing the stakes, many Democrats have lined up in opposition to any Trump pick. Susan Collins of ME or Alaska's Lisa Murkowski to vote "no", which many view as hard.

Previewing Democrats' strategy, a collection of liberal groups said Thursday that Trump's nominee must explicitly endorse the rights to abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage and voice support for Obama's health care statute.

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