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President soon to announce SCOTUS pick, local lawmakers weigh in

President soon to announce SCOTUS pick, local lawmakers weigh in

President Donald Trump announced D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to the Supreme Court. Thapar got 45 minutes with Trump - the same as Kavanaugh and other frontrunners at that stage, the White House had said, sending a wave of excitement through Indian Americans who view Supreme Court justiceship as a significant representation of their growing clout in their adopted country.

The other finalists, also federal appeals court judges, were Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania and Raymond Kethledge of MI. "Based on his reputation and resume, Judge Kavanaugh appears to have the intellect and experience necessary to serve on our nation's highest court".

It's official: Donald Trump wants Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Justice of the Supreme Court. Kyl also was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold a hearing on Trump's choice for the court.

The poll shows the three Democratic senators poised to lose their seats to Republicans are Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Bill Nelson of Florida and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

He's a Yale-educated appellate court judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit and clerked for retiring Justice Kennedy.

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And depending on absences, a single Republican defection could sink the pick - while the support of one or two Democrats could guarantee Judge Kavanaugh will be on the high court by the time the next term begins in October. Dick Durbin once called the "Forrest Gump of Republican politics", later served as partner at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, DC, and served as senior associate counsel, associate counsel, assistant to the president, and staff secretary to former President George W. Bush. But it turned out Kavanaugh was his top choice all along, and Kennedy's influence may have played a part. Judge Kavanaugh has been an Appeals Court judge for twelve years here. Trump signed Kavanaugh's nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a key Republican vote, was also invited to the White House but is not going, she said Monday.

The list and reports coming from the interviews, however, have given Trump opponents a chance to examine each of the judges on the list and develop potential attacks on the records of each. "Maybe a handful of Democrats will vote for a Trump pick because they have to politically".

"President Trump has made a superb selection", McConnell said. As soon as he announced his retirement plans in late June, Democrats and liberal groups mobilized, saying another Trump appointee would threaten Roe as well as the 2015 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and scores of other decisions that have shaped modern America.