"I've never seen a president of the United States in effect make himself a puppet of outside groups and choose from a group of right-wing fringe ideologues", he said on ABC's "This Week". What if presidents looked beyond elite pedigrees in creating their short list of SCOTUS nominees?
It'll happen tonight at 9 p.m.
Back in January Trump took extraordinary measures to build suspense and keep the final selection under wraps, teasing shortly before the revealing that Gorsuch and federal appellate judge Thomas Hardiman were the established favorites. "It's - well, let's just say it's the four people". But they're excellent. Every one. Top candidates include Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett, according to reports.
"Trump will not be president", former President Obama said.
CURRENT JOB: Since 2006: Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has some reservations about Kavanaugh, including his decisions on healthcare and his work in Bush's White House. "It's hard to assess what he would be like as a Supreme Court justice". Now, he is President Donald Trump's nominee to become a Supreme Court justice.More news: How significant is Trump's Supreme Court pick?
"I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here", added Sen.
ROY BLUNT: They're good judges.
It is a high-profile vetting process that will kick off with the public event at the White House on Monday night. The "Sherpa", or person guiding the nominee through that process, has not yet been confirmed.
He previously worked for four years for Starr, whose investigation of Clinton helped spur an effort by congressional Republicans in 1998 and 1999 to impeach the Democratic president and remove him from office. The others are Republican targets for the confirmation vote who come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall. Dick Durbin, the Democratic whip, Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press.
Like Trump's first nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, Kavanaugh clerked for Kennedy. Three Democratic senators who voted for Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - are up for re-election IN states Trump won handily IN 2016.
He also has expressed a broad interpretation of what constitutes obstruction of justice, a position which could be risky if the Russian Federation investigation leads to impeachable allegations against Trump.More news: Donald Trump urged to avoid controversial Supreme Court pick
Kavanaugh, 53, is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment.
Kavanaugh is likely to be more conservative than Justice Kennedy on a range of social issues. In that hearing, California Sen. Feinstein faced backlash and criticism, especially from Catholic leaders who accused her of being anti-Catholic. Past year that seat was filled by Neil Gorsuch.
Trump has moved quickly to make a nomination while Republicans hold a bare majority in the Senate, which needs to approve the appointment. In another criminal case, he wrote that police do not have to obtain a search warrant to obtain a suspect's cellphone location information.
That could imperil support from Republican moderates in the Senate, especially Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins. "What matters is not a judge's political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require", he continued.
Barrett has served as a former Notre Dame University law professor and law clerk to former Justice Antonin Scalia. He also has a deeper judicial record than she does. The New York Times first reported McConnell's call with Trump.
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