Battle lines drawn over abortion ahead of Trump's supreme court pick

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Battle lines drawn over abortion ahead of Trump's supreme court pick

I've argued cases before the Supreme Court for them.

The memo went on to concede that Kavanaugh, a Washington, D.C., district judge, is "certainly not the worst judge" involved in the case, but his opinion that dissented from the court's decision to allow the abortion was not as "constitutionally principled" as the decision of another conservative judge in the case.

"First of all, nobody really knows".

"We're going to do it at 9 pm in the White House", he said. "So I think it's a bit of a scare tactic and rank speculation more than anything else".

Judge Amul Thapar, of the US Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit, was originally among those President Trump would be considering for Kennedy's position. The US President interviewed seven candidates from his master list of 25 judges, the White House said. He's also had a hand in Trump's picks for lower courts; the president has gotten a whopping 21 circuit court judges confirmed since taking office and almost all were outsourced to The Federalist Society to fill.

"I don't think anyone should expect me to simply vote yes for this nominee, just simply because my state may be more conservative than others", Jones said.

He said he believes that any of the four candidates on the short list will dismantle Roe v. Wade and other hard-fought rights.

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. For Democrats to take back the Senate in November, McCaskill's party would need to hold all of their 26 seats up for election and win two of the nine Republican seats in play. In addition to wanting to preserve Roe v. Wade, he said, the public wants "protections for millions of Americans" on health care.

"If we put another two or perhaps three justices on. Our colleagues know they're going to have to answer to history for this vote".

Mr Trump is due to make his announcement on Monday.

"This is a nightmare for red state Democrats to oppose a highly qualified nominee - and all these candidates are highly qualified", Lindsey Graham, the senator from SC, told Fox News Sunday. "If you're a conservative Republican, the four people named, particularly Thomas Hardiman, I'm glad he's on the list, are all winners, and every Republican should embrace these picks".

Leo has the powerful track record of helping to pick and confirm three of the court's conservative justices, John Roberts, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch.

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