Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

McConnell predicts Supreme Court nominee will be confirmed

McConnell predicts Supreme Court nominee will be confirmed

President Trump said on Friday that he plans to announce his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9.

Trump's first pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, is the youngest of the justices at age 50. "I said, 'Mr. President, that's your choice'".

Other prominent names who could be considered include Judges Amy Coney Barrett, whom Trump named to the federal appeals court in Chicago; Raymond Kethledge, a former Kennedy law clerk who serves on the appeals court based in Cincinnati; and Amul Thapar, who is close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and whom Trump nominated to the Cincinnati-based appeals court.

The president has said he will choose from a list of 25 names made public by the White House in November.

"They're smart and tapped into the conservative legal community", he said.

In a statement, Murkowski noted her standards for the Supreme Court are "extremely high" and that she will cast an "independent vote" when the eventual nominee comes before the Senate.

The group's campaign will urge voters to pressure their senators to ensure confirmation.

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In his Air Force One conversation with reporters, during the quick afternoon flight to New Jersey from Washington, Trump singled out one potential candidate for the court, Sen.

"We have to pick one that's going to be there 40 years, 45 years", Trump said at a rally on Thursday. Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota also talked to Trump.

In an interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo airing Sunday, though, the president said he "probably" wouldn't ask candidates about how they'd vote on the case. And at least three Democrats facing reelection in states that Trump won may be willing to break with their party, too.

NBC News previously reported that one of the front-runners, according to those involved in the process, is Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland.

So, what is the Federalist Society? But Republican Senator John McCain, who has an aggressive form of brain cancer, has been absent from the Senate for months, meaning that if all Senate Democrats vote against Trump's eventual nominee, it would take only one Republican defection to defeat his pick. Both senators are Republicans.

Republicans changed Senate rules a year ago to get Trump's conservative nominee Neil Gorsuch confirmed, lowering the threshold to advance Supreme Court nominations to a simple majority vote.

Trump "likes Mike, and Mike would do it".

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