•   
  •   
  •   

Offbeat Trump Narrows Supreme Court Field as Advice Pours In

19:06  09 july  2018
19:06  09 july  2018 Source:   nytimes.com

Two judges seen as leading contenders for Supreme Court

  Two judges seen as leading contenders for Supreme Court D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Chicago Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett and others may meet with the president this weekLoad Error

Signaling he has not yet settled on his pick for the Supreme Court , President Trump on Monday morning worked the phones primarily seeking input about two judges who are apparently the finalists, Brett Kavanaugh and Thomas Hardiman, people familiar with the discussions said.

The Associated Press says Vice President Mike Pence met with some of the front-runners to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court . It comes as

Television crews set up in front of the Supreme Court on Monday ahead of President Trump’s planned announcement of his pick for its next justice. © Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press Television crews set up in front of the Supreme Court on Monday ahead of President Trump’s planned announcement of his pick for its next justice.

Signaling he has not yet settled on his pick for the Supreme Court, President Trump on Monday morning worked the phones primarily seeking input about two judges who are apparently the finalists, Brett Kavanaugh and Thomas Hardiman, people familiar with the discussions said.

Mr. Trump appeared to be going back and forth between Judge Kavanaugh, the favorite of the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, and Judge Hardiman, whom the president’s sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, a former colleague of Judge Hardiman’s, has pressed him to choose.

Trump nears decision on replacement for Supreme Court

  Trump nears decision on replacement for Supreme Court President Donald Trump is nearing a decision on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy after a weekend of deliberation at his New Jersey golf club. A person with knowledge of the president's thinking said Sunday that Trump has not yet communicated a final choice. The person, who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Trump has spent the weekend discussing his options with allies amid frenzied last-minute lobbying. Trump will announce his pick Monday night.

Help us spread the word about the liberty movement, we're reaching millions help us reach millions more. Share the free live video feed link with your

It would contain the names of people Trump would consider to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court , one of the most important decisions facing the next president. By releasing the list publicly, Trump could reassure the GOP base.

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

Sign Up For the Morning Briefing Newsletter

The drama-focused president is going to announce his choice for the Kennedy seat in a Monday night address to the country at 9 p.m. He said on Sunday that he hoped to have made a decision by noon on Monday.

The president has been lobbied in the final hours of his selection process by both supporters and opponents of the four candidates, all of whom are federal appeals court judge with conservative records.

Judge Barrett, the only woman under consideration, has the support of Sean Hannity, the Fox News host and close Trump ally, who played golf with the president in New Jersey on Sunday.

President Trump taunts his political skeptics while preparing second nominee to Supreme Court

  President Trump taunts his political skeptics while preparing second nominee to Supreme Court President Trump taunted his political skeptics Sunday as he prepared to name his second nominee to the nine-member Supreme Court , one of the more powerful perks of office. After winning confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch last year, Trump has teased his latest options for days, after narrowing down his list of prospects to four federal appeals-court judges: Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman.Trump plans to unveil his choice on television Monday at 9 p.m. Eastern.“I’m getting very close to making a final decision," Trump told reporters as he left Morristown, N.J.

Trump narrows US Supreme Court pick Trump narrows US Supreme Court pick President Donald Trump says he has narrowed his list of contenders to fill the

President Trump ’s deliberations over a Supreme Court nominee now center on three candidates culled from his shortlist: federal judges Brett M. Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney The move complicated the outlook in the Senate, where Republicans have a narrow , 51-seat majority.

Mr. Kethledge also has supporters. But he has a comparatively thin record of judicial opinions, and some conservatives have voiced concerns that he could turn out to be similar to Justice David Souter, who was appointed to the court by President George H.W. Bush but sometimes sided with the court’s liberals. Mr. Kethledge’s rulings in an immigration case have brought criticism from conservatives like the commentator Ann Coulter. And Judge Hardiman, the first in his family to graduate from college, has the kind of personal story that appeals to many Trump supporters.

But it is Judge Kavanaugh who has been the focus of much of the lobbying, both for and against him. Besides Mr. McGahn, he has the support of some Republicans who admire his record as a lawyer working with the independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr in the investigation of President Bill Clinton and later in the George W. Bush White House as well as his conservative record as a judge.

Santorum on Kavanaugh: Trump bowed to Washington elite

  Santorum on Kavanaugh: Trump bowed to Washington elite Rick Santorum said Monday that President Donald Trump "bowed to the elite in Washington" by picking Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. "Well, I think that Donald Trump said he was going to energize the base with this pick. I don't think he did that," the Republican former Pennsylvania senator and CNN political commentator told Chris Cuomo on CNN's "Cuomo PrimeTime." Kavanaugh has been dubbed a Washington insider, having worked in both Bush administrations, and is currently a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit.

People stand outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S.(Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg). Trump Says He's Narrowed Supreme Court Search to Four People.

President narrows down Supreme Court picks. U.S. Supreme Court nominee stakes out independence from Trump . ReutersNews. 1m46s. Supreme Court Hands Trump Ruling He Calls "Victory".

But that element of his record is among the reasons that some Republicans in Congress are concerned about a confirmation hearing in the Senate. Others have expressed concern about how Judge Kavanaugh would vote on cases related to the Affordable Care Act. Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has tried to warn the president through gentle nudging that Judge Hardiman and Judge Kethledge would be the safest choices for confirmation.

Mr. Trump has been uncharacteristically circumspect about what he is thinking as the process has unfolded. He has quizzed golf partners, visitors to his club at Bedminster, N.J., and friends and advisers about how they view the candidates. But he has offered little about his thinking.

On one front he has been clear, however — while he admires Judge Kavanaugh credentials, he is also concerned by his work in the Bush administration.

As the president deliberated, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network prepared for a seven-figure advertising buy in four states to support the eventual nominee. It’s a similar playbook to one the group followed last year with Judge Neil Gorsuch.

High court overturns first-degree murder conviction .
The highest court in Massachusetts has overturned the murder conviction of a Maine man who was found guilty in connection with a 1994 disappearance and death. The Supreme Judicial Court on Friday vacated the first-degree murder conviction of John Fredette because it "was predicated on a theory of aggravated kidnapping that did not exist at the time of the homicide."The case was sent back to the trial judge for either a finding of second-degree murder or a new trial.Fredette, of Saco, Maine, was one of three men convicted in 2014 in the killing of Kevin Harkins.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!