Publicado: Mar, Julio 10, 2018
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Senator predicts 'rough, tough … ear-pulling fight' over Trump court pick

Senator predicts 'rough, tough … ear-pulling fight' over Trump court pick

President Donald Trump is going down to the wire as he makes his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, but he says with his final four options "you can't go wrong".

Attorney Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society, who is advising Trump on the process, said Blumenthal's remarks were "insulting and offensive". But he did make his pick, according to a person who was not authorized to speak publicly and commented only on condition of anonymity.

"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.

The judges on the list are reportedly Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge, report the Washington Post and the New York Times. That list, approved by several conservative groups, helped him clinch the presidency.

While the president has been pondering his pick, aides have been preparing for a tough confirmation fight. I am thinking of that person, but I will announce it on prime time TV at the White House.

The process is arduous, with the private meetings giving way to days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats. He now works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.

Kennedy said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on the nominee's views of the high court's Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion.

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We need to recover from this but I am in no doubt that we'll come back strong.' That is his mindset. It worked exactly as expected which is down to all the hard work behind the scenes.

Hardiman is a "late addition" to Trump's final four, per the New York Times, but he was the runner-up to Justice Neil Gorsuch past year.

It also plans to run ads next week in Manchin's, Donnelly's and Heitkamp's home states with a softer tone, asking them to continue protecting people with pre-existing health conditions by opposing a nominee who'd threaten that. But the situation appeared to remain fluid.

During Trump's presidential campaign, he emphasized that he would appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court bench if he was elected.

Kethledge, 51, is a University of Michigan Law School graduate and former Kennedy law clerk who works out of an office he set up in an old barn overlooking Lake Huron in northern Michigan. Barrett is a former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia.

Kethledge serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio. He co-authored a book with Army veteran Mike Erwin of The Positivity Project published a year ago called "Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude".

Trump spent the weekend at his New Jersey golf resort mulling over his final decision, but said that he was down to four candidates who still had a chance of being invited to the White House for their national televised coming out party on Monday night. On Sunday he was back to citing "the four people". Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on "Fox News Sunday". "Totally inconsistent", Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) told NBC's "Meet the Press". He added: "I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court".

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