Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court is poised to get a boost from a conservative activist.
Theodore Olson, nominated to fill a vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, has strong support among conservative groups that have long pushed for a strict interpretation of the Constitution.
And he’s a leading candidate to win over more moderate Democrats who fear he could reverse a decade of court rulings that allowed same-sex couples to wed and prevent Muslims from entering the United States.
But it could be the first of many setbacks for the nominee, who has been dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct and racist language and has faced criticism for his opposition to gay marriage and transgender rights.
“It is clear that his confirmation will be a fight that will go far beyond what his record indicates,” said Rep. Joe Kennedy III, a New Jersey Democrat and the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.
“It will go to the heart of the nation’s founding principles.
We will have a new president who is not above the law.”
Olson, a conservative who has represented Texas since 1994, was confirmed by the Senate on a 52-47 vote last week.
He will be the ninth Supreme Court justice since the court was created in 1789.
The only ones to have served on the court for more than half a century were Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas.
The Republican-led Senate will begin considering his nomination next week.
But Olson will face a potential confirmation fight over the next six weeks, when the Senate will need to vote to confirm a president to the court.
He faces opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union, which has sued the Trump administration to block his nomination and several other conservatives, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
The ACLU said Olson, a member of a high-profile conservative legal team, should be disqualified from the Supreme Courtship.
“We are calling on the Senate to immediately stop his nomination, and to withdraw the nomination and ensure that a new, more qualified jurist is selected for the Court,” said the ACLU’s executive director, Jameel Jaffer.
“This nominee has made clear that he is not qualified to serve as a Supreme Court Justice, and we call on the Judiciary Committee to ensure that we are able to move forward and confirm him to the Court.”
The nomination of Olson to the high court was first put to a vote by the U.S. Senate in December 2016.
The Senate rejected it 48-43, with three Republicans voting against the nominee and three Democrats voting for him.
The Trump administration says the nominee was cleared of any wrongdoing in his previous nomination of former President Barack Obama to the same court.
The White House said it did not have a comment on the allegations.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote next week on whether to accept the nomination, though it’s unclear when that vote will take place.
It’s unclear whether the Senate Judiciary will consider the nomination during the Senate recess next week, but the nomination will likely be on the docket at least until at least May.
Olson has said he wants to ensure the Court upholds the constitutional rights of the country’s Muslims.
He has also called for greater federal government involvement in education and social welfare programs.
“I believe that we must protect and advance civil rights, and that means respecting religious freedom, which is protected under the Constitution,” Olson said in an interview last week with the Wall Street Journal.
“That includes religious freedom in this country, and not being burdened by it.”
He has argued that the Constitution does not include any religious mandate for federal policy.
Olson also has argued in court cases that the First Amendment protects the right to free speech, even if the speech is offensive to some.
He also has said that he would appoint justices who were “not driven by their religious beliefs” to the bench, including former Justice Clarence Darrow, who wrote the landmark 1965 Supreme Court decision that struck down state bans on interracial marriage and a host of other laws.
Olton also has been vocal in criticizing federal policies that he believes would make the country less safe.
In June 2016, he called for the federal government to ban the construction of a wall along the U,S.-Mexico border and has called for more restrictions on immigration and refugees.
Ololson has also argued that he supports religious freedom and has said the Constitution should not be used to infringe on the right of Americans to practice their faith.
He also said that the U.,S.
should not allow its citizens to be forced to pay for the health care of people of other faiths.
Olsmans record is closely scrutinized by some liberals.
The U.K. government has been investigating whether Olson broke the law when he used his family’s home as a personal residence.
In 2013, the New York Times reported that Olson and his wife were using the home as their residence