What McConnell reportedly said about Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees

What McConnell reportedly said about Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees

Time and time again, the party in control of the Senate and White House saw their selections for powerful positions filibustered by their opponents in the minority.

A third finalist, Amy Comey Barrett, was seen at her home in IN just a few hours before Trump was set to unveil his nominee at a White House ceremony. Now, McConnell applied the rule change to High Court nominees as well. He also was a key aide to Kenneth Starr during Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton, worked on behalf of George W. Bush's campaign during the election recount in 2000 and served in the Bush White House.

Kavanaugh ruled in one case involving abortion a year ago and is considered a likely opponent of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. They've been vetted by conservative groups.

The choice was down to four people, he said, adding that "you can't go wrong" with any of them.

Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, are pro-abortion and have said they would vote against a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

With a slim one-vote majority in the Senate, any GOP defections could prove problematic in winning confirmation for Trump's eventual choice - that is, if Democrats hold together in opposition. John McCain of Arizona, is ill and may not be able to participate in the confirmation process.

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Speaking at the White House, Kavanaugh pledged to preserve the Constitution and said that "a judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law". Trump's nominee will replace Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy who will retire later this month.

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. His mother, Martha, became a Maryland state judge a quarter-century ago. Whether the new Senate conditions for considering Supreme Court nominees will benefit the country remains to be seen. "He has a track record that demonstrates his talents and his judicial philosophy".

Kyl, a Republican who rose to the No. 2 spot in the Senate before his retirement in 2013, is a veteran of Supreme Court confirmation battles, having served on the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmations of four of the last five justices to join the court. While waiting, he's penned he has written almost 300 opinions and sent 41 of his law clerks to similar posts at the high court - far more than any of the other leading candidates for the nomination. Republicans took the Senate in the 2014 elections and refused to consider President Obama's pick for the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. He also wrote, "Supreme Court precedent establishes that internet service providers have a First Amendment right to exercise editorial discretion over whether and how to carry internet content".

"While I appreciate the invitation from the White House to attend this evening's announcement, I declined so that I can meet first with the nominee in a setting where we can discuss his or her experience and perspectives", Donnelly said in a statement. The TV appearance came days after Hatch further fueled speculation around Trump's choice with an op-ed in the Deseret News using the pronoun "she" when describing the potential Supreme Court nominee. "He hasn't committed to how he is going to vote on the nominee", Severino said about Jones, who has supported abortion rights.

While activists and progressive groups are targeting moderate Republican senators who support abortion rights like Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, urging them to reject any Trump nominee who is hostile to Roe v. Wade, a handful of Democrats will be key in deciding whether the president gets his pick confirmed to the high court, because of the razor-thin partisan divide in the Senate. Kennedy, a 1988 appointee of President Ronald Reagan, was the most unpredictable.

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