President Trump Has Made His Supreme Court Nominee Decision

President Trump Has Made His Supreme Court Nominee Decision

In anticipation of Trump filling the vacancy left by the retiring Anthony Kennedy – widely considered to be the court’s "swing vote" – with a judge thought to have more conservative bona fides, many outside advocacy groups are already bracing for what will likely be a contentious confirmation battle. Before that, Kavanaugh served for more than five years in the Bush White House from July 2003 until May 2006. Like Trump’s first nominee a year ago, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh would be a young addition who could help remake the court for decades to come with rulings that could restrict abortion, expand gun rights and roll back key parts of Obamacare. That view has particular relevance as special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign played any role in a foreign interference plot. Vladeck said that none of the four judges believed to be the front-runners "have the sort of centrist features that came to characterise much, although not all, of Justice Kennedy’s jurisprudence". "He must interpret the law, not make the law". "I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh and to the Senate’s fair consideration of his nomination, beginning with the work of Chairman Grassley and the Judiciary Committee". "I’m getting very close to making a final decision ". I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is the favored nominee among the religious […]

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