Alabama Dem vows ‘independent judgment’ on Trump Supreme Court pick

Prominent Indian-American judge Amul Thapar has failed to make it to the shortlist of the three candidates from which President Donald Trump is likely to pick his replacement for retiring US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a media report said today.

"Given their vision of a politicized judiciary, we should not be surprised when Democrats cry bloody murder at the announcement of the president's Supreme Court nominee". Of those, the shortlist is understood to have boiled down to four judges from various United States courts of appeal - Amy Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge.

Her socially conservative views and affiliation with People of Praise, a tight-knit religious lay group, are already attracting suspicion.

"Just as he did with Neil Gorsuch, the president has promised to nominate an impartial judge, a wise and seasoned jurist committed to upholding the Constitution at all costs", he writes.

"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", Mr. "I've argued cases before the Supreme Court", Blumenthal said on "This Week".

"Nobody really knows", Leo said on ABC's "This Week".


The memo went on to concede that Kavanaugh, a Washington, D.C., district judge, is "certainly not the worst judge" involved in the case, but his opinion that dissented from the court's decision to allow the abortion was not as "constitutionally principled" as the decision of another conservative judge in the case.

The New York Times on Sunday reported that the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, was strongly urging Trump to opt for either Hardiman or Kethledge on grounds that the other two might be impossible to get confirmed.

Trump has said that he will reveal his pick this Monday, July 9 - 12 days after Kennedy announced his retirement - at 9/8c. While Barrett is problematic on the abortion issue, Kavanaugh is unpopular among some Republican senators because of his track record as staff secretary under President George W Bush. It's also possible he could be trying to nudge Trump toward picking Barrett. Richard Blumenthal, Democratic senator from CT, told ABC's This Week that it posed a fundamental threat to abortion rights. He lost by 3 million votes.

Ilyse Hogue, president of the pro-abortion organization Naral, told Fox News Sunday that Trump had changed the rules of the game.

A constitutional lawyer who met his wife while clerking for Chief Justice John Roberts, Hawley is in his element when he declares that McCaskill has "been wrong on every single court nominee since she has been running for the Senate or in the Senate". "I'll give you the answer", Trump said. She pointed to the confirmation process of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993 in which she said that all women should be afforded the right to privacy to make their own decision.

The issue is that with Senator John McCain out because of his brain cancer, the Republicans can not lose any votes and still get confirmation.

  • Tracy Klein