The Associated Press has obtained a year-old confidential memo from President Donald Trump's legal team to special counsel Robert Mueller, seeking to discredit the man Trump fired as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
As President Trump prepares to announce his choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, several expert court-watchers assess the possible impact of this change.
Now, advisers believe, all of Trump's finalists can earn the support of the president's party, and ultimately confirmation.
Read the full Crimson and Daily News stories. All three were nominated by Republican presidents. She was unafraid to break with GOP orthodoxy on issues like health care, leading to the possibility she does the same on a Supreme Court nominee she might deem too textualist or conservative. "They're good judges. I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court".
Though Kennedy was a Republican appointee who has often sided with the court's right flank, Wu called the judge - who authored the opinions on many landmark gay-rights cases - the most vocal ally LGBTQ people have had on the Supreme Court.
They argue that the elected president is empowered by the Constitution to nominate Supreme Court justices - and that he should be granted some latitude to do so.
He cited former justices William Brennan, John Paul Stevens and Harry Blackmun, who authored the Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's right to abortion. "These mistakes haunt the legacies of presidents, a specter they can never shake". "And that's because we have these senators".
Nevertheless, Harvard spokeswoman Melodie L. Jackson told The Harvard Crimson that the university "will continue to vigorously defend its right, and that of all colleges and universities, to consider race as one factor among many in college admissions, which has been upheld by the Supreme Court for more than 40 years".
Despite Trump's suspicion of anyone with closely-held ties to the Bush family, he has suggested that he wants a nominee with degrees from an Ivy League like Harvard or Yale.
But Trump is not rushing toward Coney Barrett with the same fervour, according to two people close to the president.
The senator stated Lee was the only candidate being considered by the president who would be a "sure thing" and was likely to fire up "conservative voters" ahead of the midterm elections.
Further, Democrats used the "nuclear option" to put liberal judges on the federal bench after they won control of the Senate in 2012, Thiessen said. While Abraham was a founder of the conservative Federalist Society, he was also pro-immigration and an Arab-American. He remembers hoping Bush had settled on the other guy, Judge Emilio Garza of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, to fill Thurgood Marshall's seat on the high court.
Since joining the Senate in 2011, Lee has served on the Senate Judiciary Committee where he's championed judicial restraint and the rule of law.
Judge Kethledge, a former law clerk to the retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, serves on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
With Republicans holding just a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, the fate of the nominee will turn on a handful of Senate outliers in both parties - Republicans who support abortion rights and Democrats who don't. And now the president has the chance to do it again with Sen.