WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has already said that he plans to elect a young judge from the Supreme Court who could serve for decades. But other factors also play a role when candidates are tested: their ideological bias, their ability to gain affirmation, and even whether they are "not weak" according to a key advisor.
The Senate President and Republicans are moving quickly to replace the resigning Justice Anthony Kennedy despite Democrat protests. Trump said he could start interviewing candidates this weekend and is already considering two women. A final decision will be announced on 9th July. Here's a look at some of the factors in the game:
One thing is certain, as President Donald Trump surveys potential Supreme Court candidates: age matters. The president wants conservatives for federal justice not only in the coming years, but also in the coming decades.
Trump's first Supreme Court election, Neil Gorsuch, is the youngest judge to be 50 years old. Gorsuch was the youngest candidate since Clarence Thomas, who was 43 when he was confirmed in 1
Age is important to presidents because they want their nominees to serve as long as possible. The current record for the longest service in the Supreme Court is held by William O. Douglas, who served 36 years from 1939 to 1975. Of the members of the current court, Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the only justice who joins the court after celebrating a 60th birthday.
Trump's affinity with younger judges is also reflected in his other nominations to the Bundesbank. The average age of the Circuit Court nominees in his first year was 49, and for district judges the average age was 51 years.
Prominent on the list of possible successors are judges Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, who was seriously considered the seat was eventually occupied by Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, who works at the Federal Circuit Court in Washington and is a former Kennedy law clerk.
Other prominent names that could be considered are Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who has appointed Trump a federal appellate court in Chicago; Raymond Kethledge, a former Kennedy employee who works at the Cincinnati Appeal Court; and Amul Thapar, who is close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and has nominated Trump for the Cincinnati Appeal Court.
All are under 55, Barrett the Youngest with 46, and Kavanaugh the Elder with 53.
FEDERALISTIC SOCIETY RETURN
As a candidate, Trump attempted to win social conservatives by playing the role of the Federal Society Highlighted in Forensic Nominations
"We'll have great judges, conservative, all from the Federalist Society," Trump said during an interview on Breitbart News Radio.
So, what is the Federalist Society? The organization describes itself as conservatives and libertarians who believe that the separation of governance is central to the constitution. The duty of the judiciary is to say what the law is and what it should be.
Campus when Ronald Reagan was in the White House. It was conceived to counteract what its members saw as liberal rule over the law schools of the country.
Trump's advisers include Leonard Leo, who as Deputy Chairman of the Federal Society resigned as External Adviser in the selection process.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she would prefer the president to expand his search beyond the list of 25 names published by the White House. He said that he had already fulfilled his promise for a federal society with Gorsuch and should not dictate a single group
FINDING ANOTHER ADDICTION
Trump's allies have made it clear that he wants another justice in Gorsuch , "The way he puts it is someone who's quote, not weak & # 39;" said Leo.
A key element of the review process will likely be to review the judges' history of written opinions, said a person with knowledge of Trump thoughtfulness, who noted that the range of Gorsch's previous opinions impressed Trump.
During the candidate's final review, the White House asked all the candidates they would pick instead of themselves – and they all said Gorsuch, said the person who was not authorized to disclose private discussions.
With Gorsuch, his work and his writing were important, but Trump was also impressed with his educational record and his class rating.
CONSULTING AND AGREEMENT 19659027] Ultimately, the most important consideration for the White House is that the candidate is confirmed.
Senators, especially Democrats, warn the president to consult with lawmakers before making a decision. And the White House expresses optimism that some Democrats will eventually come aboard.
"We do not consider this as a strict party election," said Marc Short, director of the White House Legislative Presidency privately met with a handful of lawmakers who could decide the fate of his nomination.
Indiana Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly met with the President on Thursday night and later reported that they had a productive conversation. Two Republican key women, Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, joined Donnelly. Democrats Joe Manchin from West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota also spoke with Trump.
"What do you mean?" Asked Trump Manchin, the senator recalled. "I said," Mr President, that is your decision.
But Manchin said he warned the president not to elect a candidate who wants to reverse the groundbreaking decision on access to abortion, Roe V. Wade, or even justice that is opposite to the Affordable Care Care Act
"All that stuff is red flags for all Americans," said Manchin, he told the president.
Trump told reporters Friday he would not ask potential candidates their views on abortion rights and Roe v. Wade These issues were "inappropriate to discuss."
Collins told reporters Thursday that they would review the evaluation, experience and "respect for the rule of law and the constitution" of the nominee American Bar Association.
Judge Kennedy did not like most, he did not identify with an ideological bloc on the court, but rather with a justice that every case n Not ideologically, but judged on the basis of his merits and the respect of the law and the constitution, "said Collins.
Associated Press authors Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro, Jessica Gresko and Ken Thomas contributed to the report.
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