According to anonymously sourced media reports in outlets such as the Associated Press, Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, the three people President Donald Trump is now considering to be his potential nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy are Amy Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge.
"Two issues of ... profound effect, which could well defeat a nominee who opposes them, are the fate of affordable health care and a woman's freedom to make the most sensitive medical decisions about her body", he wrote in a New York Times op-ed Monday.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has told colleagues he may not vote for Kavanaugh if the judge is nominated, citing Kavanaugh's role during the Bush administration on cases involving executive privilege and the disclosure of documents to Congress, said a person familiar with Paul's conversations who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
Working closely with a White House team and consulting with lawmakers and outside advisers, Trump has spent the week deliberating on the choice. For about a year and a half in the 1990s, Kethledge was counsel to Republican Sen.
The President conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates.
As Trump's list tightened, there was some internal concern that the president's options could be narrowed by the public outcry - particularly what had appeared to be mounting conservative reservations about Kavanaugh.
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The White House is preparing promotional campaigns for multiple candidates, including Kavanaugh, Barrett, Kethledge and Hardiman, who sits on the same circuit as Trump's sister, Maryanne Barry. Based on his short list, a home run for Trump could mean a strike out for pro-choice and civil rights groups. Hardiman has some notable opinions in his 11 years on the appeals court that could appeal to Trump, including upholding strip searches of jail inmates, even those arrested on minor charges, backing collection of genetic evidence from people at the time of their arrest, and dissenting from a ruling that upheld gun regulations in New Jersey.
Kavanaugh, after serving in the Bush White House, joined the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2006 after Democrats held up his nomination process for three years.
Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, seen as a solidly conservative, to the court shortly after he took office early 2017.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton emphasized that as a new lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg was turned down by law firms because she was a mother with a young child, and that she went on to be for women's legal rights what "Thurgood Marshall was to the movement for the rights of African-Americans".
Kennedy, who has served on the Supreme Court since 1988, has always been recognized as the institution's lone swing vote preventing either the conservative or liberal factions from becoming ascendant. He might appeal to Trump if the president is looking for someone from a blue-collar background. Mike Lee of Utah on Monday. Both jurists served as law clerks to Kennedy and were appointed to appeals courts by George W. Bush.
A late-June decision by the Iowa Supreme Court to strike down a required 72-hour waiting period before an abortion sparked outrage among Christian conservatives, a potent force in the Iowa GOP. Recognizing the stakes, many Democrats have lined up in opposition to any Trump pick.
Bush also nominated Kethledge, of MI, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in March 2017. Barrett has excited social conservatives since she was questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings previous year, but her brief time on the bench has raised questions. The issue creates a hard dance ahead for that state's Democratic Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is another Republican who has supported abortion.