Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump focused on Kavanaugh, Kethledge for Supreme Court

Trump focused on Kavanaugh, Kethledge for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump headed into the weekend still undecided about whom he will pick for the Supreme Court, but people familiar with the process said they believe he is moving toward selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh ahead of a Monday announcement. Additionally, three Democrats - including Donnelly and Manchin - supported Barrett when Trump nominated her to the bench previous year.

The primetime event is set for Monday and President Trump can expect a huge audience waiting to hear his choice.

Recent polls show upward of 60 percent of Americans want the Supreme Court to uphold abortion rights - though not necessarily without restrictions.

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WERTHEIMER: One of the most interesting things I think about the current court, with - when Judge Kennedy was on it, was how many Catholics there were. Like four of the five Christians on the court, Barrett is a Roman Catholic. A graduate of University of Michigan Law School, he clerked for Kennedy in the late 1990s and advised Republican Senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan. Amy Coney Barrett, a circuit court judge, is the only woman on the list at the moment.

Cuccinelli's remark was a wry reference to another contender, Coney Barrett, whom social conservatives unsure about Kavanaugh have rallied behind this week.

Many progressive opponents of Barrett are pointing to a September 28, 2017, New York Times article by Laurie Goodstein that essentially concluded she was a member of a cult, a "small, tightly knit Christian group called People of Praise". Demand Justice, a new group helping coordinate liberal opposition to the pick, has started airing ads in ME and Alaska, part of $5 million it plans to spend nationally during the campaign. "They are shaped by love of Holy Scripture, prayer and community; and the Church's mission is richer for their presence".

Kethledge's 10 years as a federal appeals court judge give him a long record of conservative opinions that may make Trump and Republican senators feel secure about the kind of Supreme Court justice he'd be. If Roe v. Wade is overturned. After the Obama administration issued its 2011 Dear Colleague Letter urging schools to adopt a lower standard of proof for cases of sexual misconduct, the Justice Department began investigating whether schools were complying, even though that letter, like Tuesday's shift in policy by the Trump administration, did not alter the law. He was a trial court judge before he joined the appeals court.

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Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who supports abortion rights, said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that she wouldn't support someone who would overturn Roe. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is another Republican who has supported abortion.

The AP cited a source saying Sen. He is, in some ways, very similar to Judge Kavanaugh.

Brett Kavanaugh, 53, now serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. He has two Yale degrees and first rose to prominence for his involvement in the investigation led by Ken Starr into then-President Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky. He's 51. Judge Kavanaugh's 53 - also quite conservative and young and has a great resume.

The president and White House officials involved in the process have fielded calls and messages and have been on the receiving end of public pleas and op-eds for or against specific candidates since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer. Kethledge and Kavanaugh both clerked for Kennedy; Barrett was a law clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who was replaced by the Trump-nominated Neil Gorsuch past year.

Judge Ralph B. Guy Jr. wished his former law clerk luck when he learned Kethledge was on Trump's list.

"I remind my Republican friends that Justice Neil M. Gorsuch also served in the George W. Bush administration, yet I do not recall conservatives using that as an excuse to question his commitment to the rule of law or to conservative principles", Gonzales wrote. "You're on the list!'" Kethledge said in an interview with Above the Law, a legal website.

"And if those laws are not as stringent as some may prefer, it speaks to the need to address the laws themselves - a need that must be addressed by the legislative and executive branches, not the judiciary", he wrote.

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