Sunday, July 08, 2018
President Trump's top outside adviser on his Supreme Court nomination said he's "very confident" Republicans can "get anybody confirmed," but a leading Democratic senator suggested that the president is making himself "a puppet" by selecting a Supreme Court nominee from a list compiled by conservative groups.
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee that holds hearings on Supreme Court nominees, responded on "This Week" that Trump has "outsourced" his decision to the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation, which helped compile a list of 25 potential nominees from which the president has said he would make his selection. Leo was instrumental in crafting the list as executive vice president of the Federalist Society.
"It is extraordinary," Blumenthal said in a separate interview following Leo. "I was a law clerk to [former Justice Harry Blackmun]. I've argued cases before the Supreme Court for them. I've never seen a president of the United States in effect make himself a puppet of outside groups and choose from a group of right-wing fringe ideologues that are prepared on this list."
Trump is set to announce his nominee to fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy in a prime-time televised address Monday.
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