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Trump set to announce Supreme Court pick


the New York Times reported Monday.’ data-reactid=”16″>Trump, who interviewed a total of seven candidates last week, has narrowed his list of finalists to a pair of federal appeals court judges, Brett Kavanaugh and Thomas Hardiman, the New York Times reported Monday.

the latest episode of the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery,” Kavanaugh debunked the conspiracy theories that the Clintons were responsible for former aide Vince Foster’s death before becoming the primary author of the report laying out the case for Clinton’s impeachment. Kavanaugh was concerned with the more explicit sexual details of the report and attempted to redact them just before its publication.’ data-reactid=”33″>Kavanaugh worked closely with independent counsel Ken Starr during Starr’s investigation of President Bill Clinton. As documented in the latest episode of the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery,” Kavanaugh debunked the conspiracy theories that the Clintons were responsible for former aide Vince Foster’s death before becoming the primary author of the report laying out the case for Clinton’s impeachment. Kavanaugh was concerned with the more explicit sexual details of the report and attempted to redact them just before its publication.

unqualified judicial nominee” by the New York Times before his May 2006 confirmation on a 57-36 vote. In 2016, the conservative National Review wrote said that Kavanaugh’s opinions were “clear, consistent, thorough, and thoughtful” and had an “analytical clarity” that would make the late Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia proud.’ data-reactid=”35″>After assisting in George W. Bush’s efforts in the 2000 Florida recount, Kavanaugh joined the White House, serving first as a counsel to the president and then as a staff secretary. Bush nominated Kavanaugh for a position on the D.C. Circuit in July 2003, but his confirmation took nearly three years, because Democrats contended he was too partisan for the federal bench. Kavanaugh was called an “unqualified judicial nominee” by the New York Times before his May 2006 confirmation on a 57-36 vote. In 2016, the conservative National Review wrote said that Kavanaugh’s opinions were “clear, consistent, thorough, and thoughtful” and had an “analytical clarity” that would make the late Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia proud.

declared the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unconstitutional and ruled against Obama-era environmental regulations. Kavanaugh’s name being floated as a nominee has caused some infighting on the right, with one group stating that the judge was not anti-abortion enough in a case involving an immigrant girl requesting the procedure. Multiple conservative writers have defended Kavanaugh against this claim.’ data-reactid=”37″>In his time on the bench, Kavanaugh has declared the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unconstitutional and ruled against Obama-era environmental regulations. Kavanaugh’s name being floated as a nominee has caused some infighting on the right, with one group stating that the judge was not anti-abortion enough in a case involving an immigrant girl requesting the procedure. Multiple conservative writers have defended Kavanaugh against this claim.

Federal appeals court judges Raymond Kethledge, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman are being considered by President Trump for the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photos: Reuters/Files)

Thomas Hardiman

nominated Hardiman to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He would only hold that position for three years before Bush nominated Hardiman to the Third Circuit, where he served with Trump’s sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry. She reportedly spoke favorably of Hardiman to her brother.’ data-reactid=”54″>Throughout the 1990s, Hardiman was a litigator and trial lawyers at various law firms in Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh. In 2003, then-President George W. Bush nominated Hardiman to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He would only hold that position for three years before Bush nominated Hardiman to the Third Circuit, where he served with Trump’s sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry. She reportedly spoke favorably of Hardiman to her brother.

Raymond Kethledge

Kethledge, 51, was born in Summit, N.J., and raised in Michigan. He studied history as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan and went on to the University of Michigan Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and second in his class in 1993.

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Kethledge held a variety of positions as both a practicing attorney and a public servant. He was a law clerk for Ralph Guy Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (’93-’94), a counsel for former Michigan Sen. Spencer Abraham (’95-’97), a law clerk for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court of the United States (’97-’98) and a counsel for the Ford Motor Company (’01-’02). He also had a private practice in Michigan.

emerged as a key issue in the looming confirmation battle, as Republicans hold a one-vote majority (51-49) in the Senate and need at least 50 to confirm Trump’s pick.’ data-reactid=”65″>Abortion has emerged as a key issue in the looming confirmation battle, as Republicans hold a one-vote majority (51-49) in the Senate and need at least 50 to confirm Trump’s pick.

Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who supports abortion rights, said last week that she would not support someone who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that protects a woman’s right to have an abortion.

“I believe very much that Roe v. Wade is settled law,” Collins said on ABC’s “This Week.” “A candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me, because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don’t want to see a judge have.”

follow the standard set by McConnell and refuse to vote on Trump’s next nominee to the high court. President Barack Obama’s choice for Scalia’s replacement, Merrick Garland, was blocked by Congressional Republicans, who argued that the seat should be left unfilled until after the 2016 election.’ data-reactid=”71″>Many Democrats said the Senate should follow the standard set by McConnell and refuse to vote on Trump’s next nominee to the high court. President Barack Obama’s choice for Scalia’s replacement, Merrick Garland, was blocked by Congressional Republicans, who argued that the seat should be left unfilled until after the 2016 election.

“There should be no consideration of a Supreme Court nominee until the American people have a say,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., tweeted. “Leader McConnell set that standard when he denied Judge Garland a hearing for nearly a year, and the Senate should follow the McConnell Standard now.”

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