GOP ex-Sen. Jon Kyl will be the 'Sherpa' for SCOTUS nominee

Posted July 10, 2018

A judicial activist advising U.S. President Donald Trump on potential nominees to the Supreme Court signaled Sunday that two of the candidates would be a tougher sell to conservatives. Trump tweeted on Sunday.

Trump is expected to unveil his choice during an 8 p.m. prime-time announcement. You can watch it LIVE on Fox8.com and FOX 8 News.

Trump and McConnell have been in frequent contact since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he would be stepping down from the court. Trump is committed to placing an extreme ideologue on the Court, who could endanger environmental protections, overturn Roe v. Wade, and undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions. So, yeah, those societies who vetted the justices are extremely conservative.

If as expected Trump nominates someone firmly to the right, conservatives could dominate the court for years.

"It's an historic decision".

Republicans and their allied outside groups are pressuring them to vote "yes" and warning that their reelection bids will be tanked if they don't because it will show that the Democratic senators are out of touch with their red-state voters.

"They're good judges", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press". "It's about what country the United States of America is going to chart as its course in the future on this Supreme Court".

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Trump had said he hoped to make his decision by the time he returned Sunday from a weekend in New Jersey, but he told reporters en route to the White House that he needed more time.

Former GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire helped shepherd Neil Gorsuch, Trump's pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia in 2017, through his successful confirmation process.

"He could throw a dart on that list" and conservatives would be happy.

Trump's success in confirming conservative judges, as well as a Supreme Court justice, has cheered Republicans amid concerns about his limited policy achievements and chaotic management style. A former White House aide under Bush who previously worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, he faced a long confirmation battle when Bush nominated him to his current post. He also has a compelling personal story: He went to the University of Notre Dame as the first person in his family to go to college.

Kennedy's replacement also could be more willing to allow states to carry out executions and could support undoing earlier court holdings in the areas of racial discrimination in housing and the workplace. Dianne Feinstein of California said something to Barrett like "the dogma" - meaning Catholic teaching and faith - "lives loudly within you." Sen. The New York Times reported Sunday that Trump found Kethledge a little tiresome and anxious about his record on immigration.

Here's why: Kavanaugh's court rarely issues opinions on Monday.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, while not arguing against Kavanaugh on the merits, has spoken to the White House about the volume of material from the judge's career that would need to be pored through, potentially bogging down the confirmation, according to people familiar with the process.

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The looming midterm elections in November also could be a factor. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.

Ahead of the decision, Trump has built suspense about whom his pick will be.

As the president deliberated, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network prepared for a seven-figure advertising buy in four states to support the eventual nominee.

"He's a good man and I like him", Casey said of Hardiman. I'm open to voting no. And Trump, as we know, has some distrust of so-called "Bushies". "I don't think my role is to rubber stamp for the President, but it's also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either".

Bob Salera, a campaign spokesman for Senate Republicans, said Casey has "given up any pretense of being a moderate voice" by opposing Trump's nominee sight unseen. The president's nominee, if confirmed, will likely solidify a five-seat conservative majority on the nine-member court.

"Remember, the President ran on the Supreme Court issue and that greatly enthused voters", Leonard Leo, who is now on leave from the Federalist Society, where he helped craft Trump's list of candidates, said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday.

Chicago-based judge Amy Coney Barrett is the only female on Trump's short list.

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