Broadcast networks are preparing for the big announcement on Monday, July 9. It’s the day that President Donald Trump is scheduled to reveal his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS).
Many were hoping that the announcement would occur early in the day but Trump apparently will build the excitement and suspense until the very last minute when the name is scheduled to be revealed at 9pm ET.
Who will it be?
Immediately following the statement by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy that he would be resigning effective July 31, the speculation over who Trump would pick has been growing.
When Justice Neil Gorsuch was picked to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, it was believed that Gorsuch and federal appellate judge Thomas Hardiman topped the list of replacements.
Currently, it is thought that Hardiman along with three others, appeals court judges, Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett, are the only four being considered by Trump.
While the White House is attempting to keep the name of the chosen nominee secret right until “show time”, it appears that Trump’s longtime friend Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) may have unintentionally released the potential nominee before he was supposed to do so.
Either that or he is very politically correct these days.
Hatch wrote an opinion piece for the Deseret News website.
He spoke about the coming meltdown of the Democrats when Trump makes his announcement.
Here is what he said in pertinent part about Trump’s possible SCOTUS:
“Just as he did with Neil Gorsuch, the president has promised to nominate an impartial judge, a wise and seasoned jurist committed to upholding the Constitution at all costs. But no matter the nominee’s background or credentials, progressives will do everything they can to paint her as a closet partisan, if not an outright extremist. They will press, prod, and pry to unearth a radical agenda where none is to be found. They will pull out all the stops to accelerate the politicization of the Supreme Court — but they will have to go through me first.
For my part, I will do everything in my power to keep politics out of the confirmation process. As the senior member of the Judiciary Committee, I will fight to keep jurisprudence as the sole focus of our confirmation hearings. And I will devote all my energies to ensuring that we confirm the kind of Supreme Court justice America needs: a justice who says what the law is, not what she wants it to be; a justice who calls balls and strikes instead of swinging for the fences; a justice whose foremost allegiance is to the American people and to the Constitution.”
If Hatch isn’t being “hyper” politically sensitive in using the feminine pronoun (instead of the accepted male pronoun), then he may have just disclosed “insider” information which points to Amy Coney Barrett becoming Trump’s next SCOTUS pick.
Barrett has already undergone an “anti-Catholic” barrage of inquiries by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) when she was questioned by the senators about her qualifications for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Should Barrett turn out to be the nominee, there is no doubt that these same senators and other Democrats will again focus on Barrett’s religious beliefs since Roe v. Wade appears to have become Democrats’ new battle cry to use against Republicans for the upcoming 2018 and 2020 elections.
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