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06 July 2018, 05:15 | Erica Roy
The Supreme Court in October 2015
As a candidate, during the 2016 election, Trump made a list of possible Supreme Court choices. "And even with Republicans' slim majority, senators on both sides of the aisle would have little trouble giving their advice and consent to a nominee they have served alongside for years". Paul expressed concern over Kavanaugh's position on the Fourth Amendment, including a past opinion in which he ruled in favor of bulk metadata collection and a separate 2011 decision where he declined to rule the Obamacare health insurance mandate as unconstitutional.
Garland was not on the list of 25 names that Trump has promised to use in selecting his nominees. "You're going to have to do some outreach to people across the aisle if you're going to have any chance of defeating anyone outside the judicial mainstream". He conducted interviews Monday and Tuesday. Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a friend and ally of the Utah senator, wrote an op-ed for Fox News on Thursday arguing that Lee should be the pick.
Kavanaugh is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
He's reported to have the backing of Trump's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, who served on the federal appeals court with Hardiman.
While liberal advocacy groups and others are gearing up for a major confirmation fight, Trump is charging ahead with an imminent decision to fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, and potentially move the court more solidly to the right.
Working closely with a White House team and consulting with lawmakers and outside advisers, Trump has spent the week deliberating on the choice. The person did not specify which candidates Pence met with and spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday to describe the private search process.
The senator has a couple of times threatened to withhold his vote on key Trump priorities citing ideological disagreements, most recently the nomination of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
"President Trump and conservatives can be sure that Lee won't change".
Paul's office did not respond to requests for comment.
The president has also spoken via phone with Utah Sen. "Mike Lee. I think he would be extraordinary".
There have also been lobbying efforts around other candidates.
For the right, the blueprint is the successful Senate confirmation of the conservative justice Neil Gorsuch, whom Trump picked in 2017 to succeed the late Antonin Scalia.
Edward Fallone, an associate law professor at the Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, said: "Democrats feel they were very successful in a close vote on the Affordable Care Act from using advertising in traditional and digital media, and so they have a template for success and they will use it as much as they can".
"The court could use some perspectives that were forged in different kinds of regions of the country and different kinds of academic backgrounds", said former Michigan Sen. Barrett was born Amy Vivian Coney in New Orleans in 1972. Support for Barrett came despite the contentious hearing she faced before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Sen.
But her short tenure on the bench may work against her.
On CNN's "State of the Union", Maine's senior senator said she would support nominees who consider Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that overturned laws criminalizing or restricting access to abortion, a settled matter.
Trump said he interviewed four potential nominees to the Court on Monday, according to the Post. But he told reporters Friday that he would not question potential high-court nominees about their views on abortion, saying it was "inappropriate to discuss".
Catherine Lucey, Ken Thomas and Lisa Mascaro wrote this story, with contributions from Zeke Miller, (c) 2018 The Associated Press.
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