Trump weighs 2 or 3 candidates for court, to meet with Pence

Cheryl Sanders
July 9, 2018

Conservative federal appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge are the two most serious contenders who President Donald Trump is considering for the U.S. Supreme Court, a source familiar with the process said on Thursday.

President Trump has spent most of this week interviewing candidates for the SCOTUS nomination.

Starting from a list of 25 names vetted by conservative groups, Trump has also given serious consideration to federal appeals court judges Amul Thapar and Joan Larsen, and it's possible the White House will prepare materials on more people.

Already some very fine parsing of the potential nominees' records is taking place. In an MSNBC clip noted by the Daily Caller, Roberts said "misogynistic laws" would be able to stand because of the anti-abortion rulings a conservative Court could potentially make. He is a Yale Law School graduate. He is based in MI.

Among the three, Trump now favors Kavanaugh and Kethledge over Barrett, according to the people.

An opinion Kethledge joined in 2016 similarly raised questions as to the centrality of originalism in Kethledge's approach to the Second Amendment.


Kethledge, 51, was confirmed to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2008 after spending most of his career in private practice.

Thirty years later, Tyler sought to have his right to purchase a gun, lost forever as a result having been in a mental hospital for 30 days in the 1980s, restored.

"The key insight", Sutton concluded, "is that no government may permanently deny rights based on generalizations stemming from classifications about any individual who once was institutionalized".

He then brought up the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who was adamant about enforcing the Constitution as it was originally understood by its writers - a judicial philosophy known as originalism.

Pence met in person with Kethledge and Barrett while he was vacationing in IN earlier this week and met with Kavanaugh at the Naval Observatory on Wednesday, said a person familiar with the process who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. She clerked for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and was appointed a year ago to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Just a weekend from Trump's big reveal on Monday, Democrats' early strategy is to cast the battle as either protecting the right to abortion and the 2010 health care law, or emasculating both.


The messaging campaign will also underscore the risks faced by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under a conservative Supreme Court.

Winnie Wong, political adviser of Women's March, said her liberal activist group is planning marches, rallies and "massive civil disobedience" and said Schumer should press all Democrats to oppose Trump's nominee.

Hardiman was a runner-up for the vacancy ultimately filled by Gorsuch.

Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist 78, explained that judges have a duty to "guard the Constitution and the rights of individuals", and above all, to be impartial. "And I will devote all my energies to ensuring that we confirm the kind of Supreme Court justice America needs: a justice who says what the law is, not what she wants it to be; a justice who calls balls and strikes instead of swinging for the fences; a justice whose foremost allegiance is to the American people and to the Constitution".

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. And she's quite conservative and Catholic. The opposition was handled brilliantly by Senate leadership who used the attacks to expose her opponents as intolerant, tone-deaf, religious bigots. He was confirmed and received commission in May 2006.

"As a USA senator, his nomination process would be simple and his confirmation would not be in doubt", Cruz wrote. He plans to interview two or three potential candidates. Attempts to label her an "uncompassionate bigot" will fail.


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