Trump teases pick for Supreme Court

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Trump's top contenders for the vacancy at this time are federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, said a person familiar with Trump's thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly. "We'll announce it on Monday".

Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on July 5 that he has narrowed his list of contenders to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to "three or two" names.

"Am I optimistic that [Trump is] going to nominate somebody that I would feel comfortable about?" said McCaskill. "Because there's so much attention on Roe, it'll be much harder for them to back someone who just says, 'Oh, I'll give all due deference to precedent'". All he has to do is make up his mind.

"Any nominee for the Supreme Court should recognize that the full citizenship of LGBTQ Americans is settled law", Wu said.

Kavanaugh has been a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for over a decade. While no one knows for sure how each of the president's candidates will vote on certain issues, Carolyn Shapiro, a Supreme Court expert with Kent College of Law, said overturning Roe v. Wade may be a safe bet based on how Trump came up with his list of nominees.

Kavanaugh, 53, helped investigate President Bill Clinton as part of independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr's team and then served as an aide to Bush before joining the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2006.

On a call with associates on Monday, Cruz warned that Kavanaugh is the sort of "unreliable" jurist by whom Republicans have been disappointed in the past, and he has worked to bolster the prospects of his colleague, Sen.

Barrett, 46, clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. The appointment of either judge would broaden that gap to 10 years.

Kethledge, 51, like Kavanaugh, also clerked for Kennedy.

She attended law school at Notre Dame. She was one of five conservative justices added to Trump's list of candidates in November. "The dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern", Feinstein said of Barrett. A document obtained by TIME that outlines Senate Democratic strategy notes that any nominee that augurs a potential threat to the ACA - particularly to protections for people with preexisting medical conditions - is likely to convince an undecided senator to vote against them. Then past year, Senate Democrats filibustered Neil Gorsuch forcing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to change the rules and now Trump's next pick will only require 50 votes to be confirmed.

Bush also nominated Kethledge, of MI, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in March 2017. He has served as a law clerk to outgoing Justice Kennedy, and to two other appellate judges.

He also co-authored a book on leadership and solitude, Lead Yourself First. He likes to work in a converted barn office overlooking Lake Huron, with a wood stove and no Internet, when he writes opinions. Trump a year ago appointed conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to take a seat that the Republican-led U.S. Senate, which must confirm nominees to the high court, had prevented Democratic former President Barack Obama from filling in 2016 following the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

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