Indiana Sen. Donnelly Could Be Swing Vote On Trump's Supreme Court Nominee

Indiana Sen. Donnelly Could Be Swing Vote On Trump's Supreme Court Nominee

President Donald Trump is expected to select a Supreme Court nominee from a four-person list when he makes his announcement at 9 p.m.

One Democrat up for re-election in a state Trump won in the 2016 election has already announced that he will oppose the Supreme Court pick ― regardless of the president's choice. Sen.

Kavanaugh, 53, now serves as a judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), whose leaders pushed Justice Neil Gorsuch over the finish line past year, are getting their war chests ready. CBS also reports he is a staunch supporter of Second Amendment. Without Republican defections, however, Senate rules leave Democrats with scant options to block confirmation of Trump's nominee.

"Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump said of Kavanaugh. Barrett has said she believes life begins at conception.

The high court handed Trump and his administration a series of victories in its term that ended on the day of Kennedy's retirement, including a major decision upholding the president's travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries.

This time, the Republicans have a simple majority in the Senate (51 votes needed), but in an election year anything can happen.

President Trump has decided on his nominee for the Supreme Court, a source with knowledge of the search told Fox News, though the name of the pick still is not known.

Kavanaugh, 53, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is a favorite of the conservative legal establishment because of his long record on issues ranging from the separation of powers and executive privilege to abortion, immigration and gun rights.

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Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings past year. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader, has tried to warn the president through gentle nudging that Hardiman and Kethledge would be the safest choices for confirmation. Since 2006, he has been a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington.

Kavanaugh, in brief remarks at the White House, underscored his conservative credentials.

Senate Democrats are sure to press Kavanaugh to explain his views on investigating and impeaching a president based on allegations of lies and a cover-up, something that could prove uncomfortable for Trump given the investigation under way by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. "We reject judicial activism and policy-making from the bench", he said.

Kavanaugh, for his part, thanked the president for his "appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary", saying that he was "humbled" by the nomination and Trump's confidence in him.

But Kavanaugh, who grew up in Washington as the son of a schoolteacher, has the reputation of a staunch conservative, one who many Republicans no doubt hope could help overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guarantees women the right to an abortion.

"I've spent the last three days interviewing and thinking about Supreme Court justices".

Kethledge, a former Kennedy law clerk, has sat on the 6th Circuit since 2008 after being nominated by George W. Bush.

Casey said he opposes the process by which Trump is picking his judges, which he described as choosing from a list of 25 nominees prepared by conservative organizations such as the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.

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