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Trump narrows his list for High Court nominee

The Supreme Court in October 2015 The Supreme Court in October 2015
Faye Gross | 07 July, 2018, 01:30

Kavanaugh's allies have begun pushing back, reaching out to influential Republicans to ward off potential criticisms, according to one conservative who was the recipient of such outreach and spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday to discuss the situation.

Trump's choice, if confirmed by the Senate, would replace Kennedy, who last week announced his retirement, effective July 31. He could still consider others in the mix.

Chuck Grassley says the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that he chairs is beefing up staff to help evaluate President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump adds that he thinks "they're all outstanding".

As Trump decides on a replacement for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, the White House team will naturally be considering what attributes to emphasize in that successor. He's still taking input, making calls to Capitol Hill, the official said.

Raymond Kethledge, 51, also formerly worked as a law clerk to Justice Kennedy and has served on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals since 2008, after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

The president also spoke by phone with Republican Sen.

Trump's opponents are gearing up to oppose the nomination, fearing that a more conservative court will be willing to rolling back individual rights, from abortion to equal opportunity.

The source told Reuters that Amy Coney Barrett of IN, a judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was still IN contention but that the Republican president had been asking more questions about the other two, who have more extensive judicial records.

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They argue that the elected president is empowered by the Constitution to nominate Supreme Court justices - and that he should be granted some latitude to do so.

Lee, he said, would be a "sure thing". He cited former justices William Brennan, John Paul Stevens and Harry Blackmun, who authored the Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's right to abortion.

Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mold of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee a year ago.

Perhaps the most compelling background would be Kentucky-based Thapar, 49, the son of Indian immigrants (he would be the first Asian-American justice), and Amy Coney Barrett, 46, a former Notre Dame law professor and mother of seven.

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.

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. Both jurists served as law clerks to Kennedy and were appointed to appeals courts by George W. Bush.

In the budding battle royale over the Supreme Court vacancy, what's the Democratic sweet spot between satisfying liberal activists' demands for an all-out fight against President Donald Trump's pick and protecting senators facing tight re-election races in deeply red states? Conservative groups rallied around Barrett after her confirmation hearing past year featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions.

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.

On Wednesday, Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, reiterated that she could not vote for a nominee with a "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion.

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