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Trump’s Judicial Adviser Names Four Potential Supreme Court Nominees

04 July 2018

President Donald Trump is in the process of picking a replacement for outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and at least two MI judges are being closely considered.

Speaking Monday at an Anchorage news conference, Murkowski noted Kennedy's pivotal role on the court. Liberals demand he oppose Trump's pick - or even allowing a vote - and conservatives aim to exploit his running for re-election in a state Trump narrowly won.

President Trump will announce his next Supreme Court nominee in less than a week, and one name popping up on everybody's short list is Amy Coney Barrett.

During his 2016 campaign and presidency, Trump embraced pro-life groups and vowed to appoint federal judges who will favor efforts to roll back abortion rights. Susan Collins of ME are moderate Republicans who support access to abortion services. Susan Collins are moderate Republicans who support access to abortion services.

Trump has said that he will announce his choice next Monday.

"They're going to get beaten so badly", Trump said.

The shortlist is widely rumored to include U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of IN; U.S. Appeals Court Judge Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania; U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland, who formerly clerked for Kennedy; U.S. Circuit Judge Raymond Kethledge of MI; and U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amul Thapar of Kentucky, according to the Washington Post.

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The four candidates interviewed so far, first reported by the Above the Law blog, are all federal appeals court judges whose names appear on a list of 25 supreme court prospects published past year by the White House. He played the same role in the successful confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago.

White House Counsel Don McGahn will oversee Trump's selection process, the White House said on Monday.

CNSNews.com asked Paul on Friday whether he wants President Donald Trump to nominate a judge who thinks "an unborn child with a beating heart is a "person" entitled to equal protection of the law under the 14th Amendment".

Both Chief Justice John Roberts and Gorsuch have indicated broadly that they respect legal precedent.

"They are outstanding people, they are really incredible people in so many different ways, academically and every other way", he said during an Oval Office photo op with the prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte.

While appearing on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Collins framed hostility towards the Roe v. Wade outcome as a form of "activism" that disrespects judicial precedent.

Sen. Claire McCaskill questions Secretary of Defense James Mattis about a new report detailing procurement violations involving a defense contractor at a hearing held by the Senate Armed Services Committee, April 26, 2018, in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence can be called on to break a tie.

Trump’s Judicial Adviser Names Four Potential Supreme Court Nominees