SUPREME SHOWDOWN: Trump Teases 'EXCEPTIONAL' Court Pick

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

Trump tweeted on Sunday.

Trump is scheduled to announce a nominee at 9 p.m. Monday. You can watch it LIVE on Fox8.com and FOX 8 News.

While the President's choice of Gorsuch to replace Scalia ensured the iconic conservative justice was replaced with another person highly regarded by conservatives, the vacancy created by Kennedy has given Trump the opportunity to replace a frequent swing vote with a conservative name. But the contestants in this game show aren't the potential nominees, who have already been carefully vetted by conservative legal groups the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.

Yet the focus on abortion fails to do justice to the sweeping changes that could be unleashed over time by a solidly conservative court.

"It's an historic decision".

Three Democrats who were invited but declined were Sens. And I believe this person will do a great job, ' the president told reporters before boarding Air Force One to head back to Washington from New Jersey, where he had spent the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster.

The White House reassigned key communications staff last week to focus exclusively on the looming Supreme Court fight.

Kethledge serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hardiman, a one-time cab driver from Waltham, Massachusetts who was the first member of his family to attend college, served alongside Trump's older sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, on the 3rd Circuit.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and a former clerk for Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice.

The four finalists are said to be federal appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. CBS also reports he is a staunch supporter of Second Amendment.

But that element of his record is among the reasons that some Republicans in Congress are concerned about a confirmation hearing in the Senate. Dianne Feinstein said that religious "dogma" lived loudly in her. According to the New York Times, Trump "found him likable but comparatively boring".

If Collins and Murkowski vote "no" and Democrats all vote "no", the nomination would be blocked. The White House said Monday that former Arizona Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who has expressed disquiet about the nomination of a judge who might overturn Roe v. Wade.

Now, mindful that moderate Maine GOP Sen.

But both senators voted to confirm Gorsuch, who would be expected by conservative activists to vote to return decisions about abortions to the states. "This is a nightmare for red-state Democrats, to oppose a highly qualified nominee and all four of these people are highly qualified", he added.

Byrne, R-Fairhope, is considered one of Jones's potential 2020 opponents in what could be a fierce battle for a Senate seat that, before last December's special election, had always been in Republican hands. I'm open to voting no.

"I think the path to confirmation for any of the final four is not a problem", he told CNN.

Leo said Hardiman of Pennsylvania and Kethledge of MI are "a little bit less known by conservatives".

The announcement will set in a motion a brutal - and expensive - political battle over Trump's supreme court nominee. "But this is really about the process and whether or not the corporate right is going to be in charge of picking the Supreme Court in a seat, in a nomination that's likely to tip the scales substantially". The ad is expected to feature an introductory bio on the president's yet-to-be-named Supreme Court nominee.