Trump focused on Kavanaugh, Kethledge for Supreme Court

Donald Trump interviews Indian American Amul Thapar for SC justice nominee

Amul Thapar is among the 25 shortlisted judges by the US President

Since Trump has similarly avoided testifying before special counsel Robert Mueller, and demonstrably lied to or misled that public and his staff at various points throughout the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, the arguments Kavanaugh helped draft could be used against the president who may appoint him to the Supreme Court.

Vice President Mike Pence also met with some of Trump's contenders in recent days, according to a person familiar with the search process.

Supporters of abortion rights were among the earliest to speak out forcefully against a right-wing nomination from Trump - and his list of possible choices includes only right-wingers. The most convincing indications are that Trump is determined to keep the world in suspense about this fateful decision before revealing it Monday night on live TV in an approximation of the reality-show format he mastered long before running for president. Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One during a flight to state of Montana for a rally. Senate Republicans, however, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), refused to allow confirmation hearings for Garland, citing a "rule" invented by then-Sen. Ted Cruz, believe he is not sufficiently conservative and disagree with portions of opinions he's written relating to abortion and Obamacare. But the longtime MI resident brings political upside to the process that Kavanaugh and several other contenders can not.

Though Kennedy was a Republican appointee who has often sided with the court's right flank, Wu called the judge - who authored the opinions on many landmark gay-rights cases - the most vocal ally LGBTQ people have had on the Supreme Court.

Conservatives and some libertarian-leaning Republicans, including Sen.

To counter that, 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.

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, worked with Judge Kavanaugh in the Bush administration and said in an op-ed in The Hill that he's the logical choice to fill Justice Kennedy's seat. Trump's next nominee will likely be in the mold of Gorsuch, which should frighten anyone who cares about our democracy.

"If GOP were consistent, they would wait to consider Justice Kennedy's successor until after the midterm elections".

"I'm anxious about the future of women" if an anti-abortion nominee is confirmed, says Christine Leeper, a content provider for bloggers and one of the younger people at the event.

McConnell acknowledged that his fellow Kentuckian, Judge Amul Thapar, is a finalist, but noted, "The competition at this level is pretty intense". He conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday.

His emphasis that the decision was not a judgment on the wisdom of the president's travel ban was perhaps a bone thrown to those, like ourselves, who view some of Trump's immigration policies as kneejerk - poorly conceived and poorly executed.

Kavanaugh previously served as a law clerk for Kennedy, an independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation, and as senior associate counsel and assistant to the president in the Bush administration.

Kethledge is also not another Harvard Law or Yale Law attendee, and with eight of those remaining on the court-Ruth Bader Ginsburg got her J.D. from Columbia, but her first two years were spent in Cambridge-the University of Michigan Law School credential sends an important message to the country.

As a former clerk who worked at the Supreme Court for Justice Scalia and as a Notre Dame law professor, Barrett has the necessary training, knowledge, and philosophy to serve on the Supreme Court. 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.

Kennedy, 81, is widely thought to be a moderate and pivotal swing vote in the highest federal court.

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