Eager to replace Justice Antonin Scalia almost a year after his passing, President Trump could nominate a consensus candidate…
Still smarting from their inability to get Judge Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court, Democratic leaders are warning President Trump that his high court nominee could face a similar fate.
To that end, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urged the president to pick a “bipartisan [nominee] who could get the support of both parties.”
And, quite interestingly, it appears that’s exactly what Trump plans to do. The two names getting the most buzz on the president’s short list are Judge Neil Gorsuch and Judge Thomas Hardiman, both of whom received overwhelming bipartisan support for their current posts, including from Schumer and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
In all, 31 current senators (11 Democrats and 20 Republicans) were there in 2006 when Gorsuch was unanimously confirmed, and 37 current senators (18 Democrats, 18 Republicans and 1 Independent) were there in 2007 when Hardiman was unanimously confirmed.
Trump is expected to make his announcement on Thursday next week:
I will be making my Supreme Court pick on Thursday of next week.Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Should Trump choose to go with either Gorsuch or Hardiman, it will be extremely difficult for Democrats to suddenly oppose either man, both of whom they’ve supported in the past.
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