Trump Announces His Nominee to the Supreme Court

Leah Millis  Reuters

Leah Millis Reuters

The choice could be made all the more hard for Casey if Trump nominates Thomas Hardiman, now serving as a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals which covers part of Pennsylvania, and who was first appointed to serve in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh in 2003. Eastern time. A source close to the process tells NPR that administration officials spent a whole lot of the weekend in deep deliberation at the president's New Jersey golf club.

Officially, the White House hasn't indicated a preferred candidate and isn't expected to give away many clues until the announcement.

Hardiman, who was runner-up to Neil Gorsuch as the president's Supreme Court pick past year, 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.

Judge Thomas Hardiman is a USA appeals court judge that The Washington Post reports is a "Second Amendment extremist". The New York Times is also reporting that Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for either Hardiman or Raymond Kethledge, another option.

Gelernt said that process was created to vet relatives other than parents who might care for children who crossed the border without a parent. Barrett has said she believes life begins at conception.

On Monday, Trump phoned Justice Kennedy to inform him that his former law clerk would be nominated to fill his seat.

Throughout the search for Trump's second Supreme Court nominee, Kavanaugh was a favorite of the conservative legal cognoscenti. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

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Democrats are warning that Trump's nominee would jeopardize some of progressives' most important policy priorities in recent decades - including rulings that legalized abortion and same-sex marriage, as well as former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Such comments are likely to raise a red flag to moderate Republican senators like Susan Collins, R-Maine, who have said they would not vote for a nominee who has expressed doubts about observing precedents when it comes to abortion and other long-standing Supreme Court decisions. It's about what [direction] the United States of America is going to chart as its course in the future on this Supreme Court.

Hardiman, 53, a judge on the federal court in Philadelphia, is less known in terms of his legal philosophy, but has roots in the working class that could make him attractive to the public. Barrett is popular with social conservatives, but her prospects for being nominated to the post are fading, according to The Wall Street Journal. The opinion, written for a three-judge panel, was eventually overturned by the full court.

Trump is supposedly favoring Kavanaugh because of those views, per CNN. In the Senate, Republicans hold a slim 51-49 advantage.

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On the past quarter century's most consequential and controversial issues, from racial preferences to religious freedom to reproductive rights, Kennedy often bridged the gap between the court's liberals and conservatives. "What we need to know is that anyone coming onto the Supreme Court is going to uphold the law of the land and particularly a woman's right to decide what happens to her own body".

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