Justice Kennedy today advised his colleagues that he is submitting to the President a formal notification of his decision, effective July 31 of this year, to cease active status as an Associate Justice and to assume senior status. He said: “It has been the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those years on the Supreme Court.” He added that while his family was willing for him to continue to serve, his decision to step aside was based on his deep desire to spend more time with them. He said, too, that admiration for his colleagues on the Court means that he will retain warm ties with each of them in the years to come.
I will be making my choice for Justice of the United States Supreme Court on the first Monday after the July 4th Holiday, July 9th!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2018
A big week, especially with our numerous victories in the Supreme Court. Heading back to the White House now. Focus will be on the selection of a new Supreme Court Justice. Exciting times for our country. Economy may be stronger than it has ever been!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2018
I interviewed 4 very impressive people yesterday. On Monday I will be announcing my decision for Justice of the United States Supreme Court!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2018
As of Saturday evening, advisers say, the president had narrowed his list down to four candidates. Raymond Kethledge was the leading contender, although officials stress that Trump has not yet settled on a choice. Trump has been describing Kethledge to aides as “Gorsuch 2.0,” a reference to his 2017 successful nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Trump sees that nomination as one of the high points of his presidency.
Even so, White House officials are preparing rollout plans for all four contenders, which also include Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Thomas Hardiman, officials say. Hardiman, however, remains in distant last place.
Kavanaugh had been considered a frontrunner, but his fortunes may be torpedoed by Trump’s grudges. Kavanaugh was a top aide to President George W. Bush, whom Trump loathes. As much as anything, personality drives the current President to action, and Trump has gone out of his way to attack all members of the Bush clan and their aides.
Kethledge also may face one of the easier paths to confirmation, officials have told the President. While he wasn’t Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s first pick, McConnell can ease his pathway to confirmation.
That’s not the case necessarily with Barrett, who had a difficult confirmation hearing to earn her current seat on a federal appeals court based in Chicago. With the Senate split 51-49—and Republican Sen. John McCain unlikely to cast a vote—that gives Republicans no wiggle room if Democrats remain united as expected on a Barrett nomination. Even then, it’s possible Sens. Lisa Murkowski or Susan Collins could reject Barrett; both female Senators are supporters of abortion rights.
Potential nominee profile: Raymond Kethledge - SCOTUSblog
Potential nominee profile: Brett Kavanaugh - SCOTUSblog
Potential nominee profile: Amy Coney Barrett - SCOTUSblog
Potential nominee profile: Judge Thomas Hardiman, a close second to Gorsuch and a shortlister again - SCOTUSblog
President Trump will nominate Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) 2018年7月10日
President Trump's nomination of Judge Kavanaugh comes after a selection process marked by a historic degree of transparency. Learn more: https://t.co/h4v3sfcCwk— The White House (@WhiteHouse) 2018年7月10日
Judge Kavanaugh is universally respected for his intellect, as well as his ability to persuade and build consensus.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) 2018年7月10日
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