Casey to oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick

Frederick Owens
July 11, 2018

President Donald Trump has decided on his Supreme Court nominee, a person with knowledge of the situation revealed Monday, hours before a prime-time announcement that will ignite a fierce confirmation battle.

Cashman also voiced his support for Gorsuch after Trump nominated him a year ago, telling the New York Daily News that he was a "tremendous choice".

Trump announced Kavanaugh late Monday as his much-anticipated choice to fill the vacancy. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat whose vote on Kavanaugh could be pivotal on the Senate floor.

The Hill noted Democratic votes could be key to winning confirmation for the Trump nominee since Republicans hold a slim Senate majority.

For weeks, JCN has been running a different advertisement in an attempt to cut through Democrat fearmongering.

"Now, I urge the Senate to get to work and confirm our nominee".

"I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump said.

The White House reassigned key communications staff last week to focus exclusively on the looming Supreme Court fight.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, who once held a court seat open for almost a year before the 2016 election to keep former President Barack Obama from filling it, lambasted Democrats for announcing their opposition before Trump had decided on a nominee. President George W. Bush first nominated Brett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on July 25, 2003.

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But that element of his record is among the reasons that some Republicans in Congress are concerned about a confirmation hearing in the Senate.

Kethledge, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, is a former Kennedy clerk and a former in-house lawyer at Ford Motor Co. Kavanaugh said Monday that he remained "grateful" to his prospective new colleague.

Democrats who were invited but declined included Sens.

Conservatives have taken issue with a potential Kavanaugh nomination, with some critics on the right citing his closeness to the Bush 43 administration while others believe he doesn't have a strong enough stance against abortion.

Focusing on progressive outcomes, failing to even consider the role of the Constitution or its meaning in judicial decisions, Schumer smeared Kavanaugh as a "hard-right" judge.

One of the judges on Trump's shortlist, Amy Coney Barrett, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Donnelly's home state of in - a factor that could make the lawmaker more likely to vote in favor should Barrett be the nominee. "A more conservative majority could be more willing to uphold state restrictions on abortion, if not overturn the 45-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's constitutional right". "This is a huge win for President Trump", Dr. Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, said in a statement.

The National Republican Senate Committee issued a quick criticism of Casey's announcement.

Two other candidates for the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy - Judge Amy Coney Barrett and Judge Raymond Kethledge - were not the focus of Trump's morning discussions, according to those familiar with the discussions.

But his supporters note his experience and a wide range of legal opinions.

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