The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed four Justices to the Supreme Court following the retirement of some long-serving justices.
The latter presents a real risk, as another leading contender, federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh, vividly demonstrated in a recent ruling that it was not an undue burden to force a 15-week-pregnant 17-year-old undocumented immigrant to wait to get an abortion while authorities searched for a sponsor for her. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights.
"It's a great group of intellectual talent", Trump said. Kethledge and Kavanaugh both served as clerks for Kennedy.
If Americans do not want to see a justice who could overturn the 1973 landmark case that legalized abortion - Roe v. Wade - or who will "undo" health care, he wrote, they should tell their senators not to vote for a nominee from Mr. Trump's list of 25 candidates. Recognizing the stakes, many Democrats have lined up in opposition to any President Trump pick, and Republican lawmakers and activists are seeking to shape the president's decision.
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But Trump is not rushing toward Coney Barrett with the same fervour, according to two people close to the president.
Since Trump has similarly avoided testifying before special counsel Robert Mueller, and demonstrably lied to or misled that public and his staff at various points throughout the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, the arguments Kavanaugh helped draft could be used against the president who may appoint him to the Supreme Court. A confirmed Barrett could reliably lead to conservative decisions on divisive topics. Kethledge, of MI, serves on the Cincinnati-based 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals.
Paul, the Kentucky senator, has told colleagues he may not vote for Kavanaugh if the judge is nominated, citing Kavanaugh's role during President George W. Bush's administration on cases involving executive privilege and the disclosure of documents to Congress, said a person familiar with Paul's conversations who spoke on condition of anonymity.
She was confirmed 55 to 43 by the Senate, and three Democrats voted for her - Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Tim Kaine of Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.
Asked to name the four candidates on his shortlist, Trump refused but reaffirmed that "I have it down to four". A former justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, she graduated from NU and Marquette University Law School.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a Trump ally, signed a statement Thursday with other conservative leaders pushing for Lee, after days of phone calls with Trump and others over his concerns about Kavanaugh. Susan Collins of ME, two relative centrists who have expressed concern over the dismantling of abortion rights in the U.S. She is also a devout Catholic with seven children, and her religious beliefs came up in last year's confirmation hearing for her current post.
Roger Meyers, who clerked for Kethledge from 2009 to 2010, described the judge as "a committed originalist and textualist, which means he shows no favoritism to either side in any case, and instead applies the law as it is written".