Ky. Judge Not On Top 3 List For Supreme Court Position

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"On Monday I will be announcing my decision for Justice of the United States Supreme Court!" "President Trump can become the first Republican president in recent history to hit a home run on all his Supreme Court nominations, cementing his legacy for all time".

Chicago-based federal judge Amy Coney Barrett, Washington D.C. -based judge Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, a federal judge in MI, are considered top contenders.

President Trump has spent most of this week interviewing candidates for the SCOTUS nomination.

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The president told reporters that the process to replace Kennedy on the high court will "begin immediately". IL law protects it. Trump conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates.

Trump said during his campaign that he will nominate staunchly pro-life judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade and make abortion a state-level issue. The "person that is chosen will be outstanding". "We can go through the fact that uh he's made some statements that some have identified correctly as religiously intolerant".

Democrat-aligned groups are pressuring potential swing senators - especially moderate Republicans like Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins - to oppose Trump's eventual nominee, arguing in part that landmark decisions like abortion-legalizing Roe v. Wade could be at risk. And Republicans, who now have just a single-vote majority, would have a much more hard time mustering the votes to change Senate rules today.

He is now serving as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in MI. He serves alongside two other short-list members, Judge Amal Thapar and Judge Joan Larsen on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, where he has served since being appointed in 2008 by President George W. Bush.

"I get an extra 20 IQ points from being in that office", Kethledge told the website Above the Law. Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sided with the court's liberals on divisive social issues such as gay rights and abortion, was a key figure on the nine-justice court. After his clerkships, he joined one of Michigan's top law firms before becoming in-house counsel for Ford Motor Company.

Amy Coney Barrett This 2017 photo provided by the University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Ind., shows Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Bush also nominated Kethledge, of MI, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in March 2017. All in all, Kethledge appears to be the same kind of conventional conservative that the other people on the President's list. "They are all great", Trump said to cheers at a rally in Great Falls, Montana. Politico reported on Monday that the liberal action group Demand Justice was investing $5 million into a shock-and-awe messaging campaign that would emphasize the threat posed to abortion rights by Trump's potential nominee.

Once the selection is announced, of course, the race will be on to get the nominee confirmed as soon as possible.

Democrats are accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of hypocrisy moving forward with a Supreme Court nominee during an election year.

A person familiar with the search process confirms Pence's participation. This would put a debate and confirmation vote somewhere in the middle of September.