Chicago-based federal judge Amy Coney Barrett, Washington D.C. -based judge Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, a federal judge in MI, are considered top contenders. The three others interviewed were justices Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge. That's why some people argue for calm and caution in the upcoming process to appoint a Supreme Court justice to replace Anthony Kennedy.
However, compared to the other candidates on Trump's short list, Hardiman's overall ideological views are more moderate.
Trump is believed to have narrowed his shortlist down to just three or four candidates.
A constitutional lawyer who met his wife while clerking for Chief Justice John Roberts, Hawley is in his element when he declares that McCaskill has "been wrong on every single court nominee since she has been running for the Senate or in the Senate". "I think they're all outstanding".
Orrin Hatch may have on purpose/not on objective revealed President Donald Trump's nominee for the current vacancy on The Supreme Court that opened when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced a week ago he was stepping down.
"It's a great group of intellectual talent", Trump said. "No matter who is in the White House, we Republicans must stand up for the sanctity of our democracy and the rule of law".
Barrett, 46, clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Some conservatives, though, question his bona fides, and he's controversial with Democrats because of his role investigating former President Bill Clinton as part of the Starr investigation.
Debates over Kavanaugh's work with Bush and rulings he has made on health care and abortion continued to churn Thursday as critics urged the president to shy away from a judge with an establishment Republican pedigree. Brett Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old appeals court judge with years of federal experience, has been described by political experts as a fair-minded, independent and mild-mannered front-runner.
"The dogma lives loudly within you", Sen.
Mom-of-seven Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 46, a former Notre Dame law professor, became a right-wing heroine past year when she stood up to grilling from Senate Democrats over her religious faith. Mike Lee (R-Utah). Sen. After all, who knows better that a judge's job is to apply the law as it is - and not to legislate from the bench - than someone who was previously a legislator himself?
Kethledge's sudden ascent in the process is widely seen in the West Wing as a outcome of what conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh has called the "whisper campaign" against Kavanaugh, with the president newly intrigued by the University of Michigan Law School graduate. Politico reported on Monday that the liberal action group Demand Justice was investing $5 million into a shock-and-awe messaging campaign that would emphasize the threat posed to abortion rights by Trump's potential nominee.
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