Schumer also laid into Trump's judicial adviser, Leonard Leo of The Federalist Society, who helped compile a list of 25 possible candidates for the SCOTUS justice. A conservative will tip the balance of the court for the first time in decades, and that puts Democrats in a bind. Democratic senators running for re-election in states Trump carried in 2016 will face pressure to back his nominee.
The process is arduous, with the private meetings giving way to days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats. He is a Democrat from Vermont. "This is a big burden on him to show me he can be fair and objective". I want to play a little clip of Senator Lindsey Graham here.
In his conversations over the weekend, Trump expressed renewed interest in Hardiman _ the runner-up when Trump nominated Gorsuch, said two people with knowledge of his thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly.
"Just as they held the Merrick Garland seat open on the Supreme Court, they also held open an very bad lot of vacancies on the district courts and the courts of appeal", said Russell Wheeler, who tracks judicial nominations at the Brookings Institution.
LEAHY: Well, let's see who he nominates. "As a result, I have grave concerns about this nomination".
The president and White House officials involved in the process have fielded calls and messages and have been on the receiving end of public pleas and op-eds for or against specific candidates since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer. Drawing on his experience working on the Clinton investigation and then in the Bush White House, he wrote in a 2009 law review article that he favored exempting presidents from facing both civil suits and criminal investigations, including indictment, while in office.
President Trump is expected to announce his choice for Supreme Court justice on Monday evening. The same advice I've given to every single president is, think of this not as a political thing, but what is this for the ages?
"Bob Casey's opposition to President Trump's nominee before he or she has even been named shows he has given up any pretense of being a moderate voice", said NRSC Spokesman Bob Salera in an emailed release. Whatever they decide will upset a large group of voters in their home states. White House aides said they have prepared "rollout packages" for the four finalists.
Outside the Supreme Court on Monday night, hundreds of people protested heatedly over Kavanaugh's nomination. "But in my respectful judgment, deciding the constitutional issues in this case at this time would contravene an important and long-standing federal statute, the Anti-Injunction Act, which carefully limits the jurisdiction of federal courts over tax-related matters". "When Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, I urged the President to appoint a consensus nominee who could earn broad bipartisan support in the Senate and the confidence of the American people". But we know the list of names.
President Donald Trump's top contenders for the vacancy appear to be federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge. Is there one of those four you could support, or do you think Democrats should unite and oppose whomever the president taps? For lawmakers who are not on the Judiciary Committee, it may be their only chance to talk with the nominee personally before a final vote. "Like Justice Gorsuch. We hit a home run there, and we're going to hit a home run here", he said. It's the same court that produced three current high court justices. The ads, costing a total of $1.4 million to run, will feature biographical information about the nominee and will be aimed at red state Democrats, including newly elected Sen. This kind of fear mongering they've tried over and over again for 40 years.
LEAHY: Good talking with you.