Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee

Democrats' long-shot plan to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick

Hardiman, who was runner-up to Neil Gorsuch as the president's Supreme Court pick a year ago, made a comeback on Trump's shortlist this weekend in part because of the president's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who serves with Hardiman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

After days of frenzied lobbying and speculation, President Donald Trump decided on his second nominee to the Supreme Court on Monday, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation's highest court further to the right. They took Merrick Garland, a man that everybody from Orrin Hatch on through said would be a great member of the Supreme Court until Mitch McConnell said, no, you can't like him; we're going to disobey the Constitution; we're going to ignore our oath of office, and we're not even going to allow an advice and consent vote on it. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., would guide the nominee through the confirmation process, including preparing the nominee for meetings with senators. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line. With the expected absence of Republican senator John McCain due to brain cancer, Republicans only have 50 votes.

Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. That decision was reversed by the Supreme Court this year in a landmark ruling.

"As chief justice, he plays a special role in trying to shepherd the court's reputation and legacy through a fraught political time", she said. The Senate ultimately confirmed Gorsuch by a 54-45 vote, with only three Democrats crossing the partisan divide in his favor. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Sen. He has a solidly conservative record as a judge in cases involving government regulation and the separation of powers, issues that are important to the groups supporting his candidacy.

If Collins and Murkowski vote "no" and Democrats all vote "no", the nomination would be blocked.

Since the 2016 campaign, Trump has made his process for picking Supreme Court justices fairly transparent. They are also likely to spend time examining his views on abortion, an issue now- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer questioned him about during his 2006 confirmation hearings. He said all four judges on Mr. Trump's shortlist are highly qualified to fill the vacancy on the highest court. If Mr. McCain is not able to vote, only one Republican would have to defect to derail the confirmation, assuming the Democrats maintain ideal party discpline. "Where we have leverage is with senators who call themselves pro-life". "He hasn't committed to how he is going to vote on the nominee", Severino said about Jones, who has supported abortion rights. Gorsuch met with almost three-quarters of the Senate in advance of his hearings. Susan Collins, of ME, to speak out, told Stephanopoulos last week that a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade "would not be acceptable", because it indicates an "activist agenda" she didn't want to see in a judge. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. He was on Republican George W. Bush's team in the contentious Florida recount fight in the 2000 presidential election, then served as a senior official in Bush's White House. Kavanaugh, who serves on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is expected to be less receptive to abortion and gay rights than Kennedy was. Conservative and liberal interest groups are poised to spend tens of millions of dollars in advertising and grass-roots activity.

MARTIN: Amy Barrett is also someone who might have a tough time. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Donnelly of IN, all of whom face tough re-election bids. The spot will launch as soon as the nominee is announced and will run for one week.

Dating back to the nineteenth century, the filibuster is a procedural device that lets a numerical Senate minority effectively terminate a nomination or legislation by creating, or threatening to create, endless debate.

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