Who is Supreme Court contender Amy Coney Barrett?

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 10, 2018

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to get whoever President Trump chooses through their Senate confirmation and onto the Supreme Court before November.

The judges on the list are reportedly Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge, report the Washington Post and the New York Times. The White House has been preparing information materials on all four, who were part of a longer list of 25 names vetted by conservative groups.

In return, Hogue said, senators should demand of the nominee in the course of the confirmation process that they give an affirmative declaration that they would uphold Roe v Wade.

Before retiring in 2013, Kyl was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will be the first to consider the nomination. He now works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. The White House hoped to keep the details under wraps until he rolls out his pick from the East Room.

Immediately after President Trump's decision Monday night, the group will launch a $1.4 million ad campaign. Although the statement is undoubtedly accurate, it is likely to be seized on by supporters of abortion rights as they try to convince moderate Republican senators that Barrett might vote to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision declaring a woman's constitutional right to abortion.

But it's not going down without a fight.

As of Sunday, Trump said he had yet to make a decision on who to nominate. But the situation appeared to remain fluid.

Since Kennedy declared his retirement almost two weeks ago, conservative groups have been gearing up for a battle of a lifetime as Democrats vow to do everything possible to block President Trump's choice.

Hardiman has a tale Republicans like McConnell love: a former taxi driver from the key swing state of Pennsylvania who comes with the recommendation of fellow 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry - the president's sister. Barrett is a former University of Notre Dame law professor, (and a graduate of the school; Kavanaugh meanwhile received his undergrad and law degrees from Yale).

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when she was questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings previous year. A self-described introvert, Kethledge co-authored a book, "Lead Yourself First", in which he talks about how some of the world's great leaders learned from solitude and quiet. "On Saturday, he tweeted that a 'Big decision" was coming soon. Asked by reporters how many people were being considered, the president said: "Let's say it's the four people ... they're excellent, every one".

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Roy Blunt of Missouri said Sunday that they believe any of the top four contenders could get confirmed by the GOP-majority Senate. "They're good judges. I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court", Blunt said. Just days after his inauguration in January 2017 he nominated the conservative justice Neil Gorsuch to the court. "I'm very confident with this president's enthusiasm and with Leader McConnell's enthusiasm that they can get anybody confirmed". "And I expect we will do that on sort of a normal timetable, a couple of months". An official said Thursday that Trump had completed his scheduled interviews for potential nominees.

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