Dem senator to oppose Supreme Court nominee, cites 'corrupt bargain' with 'far Right'
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Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyGOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate Biden speaking to Dems on Capitol Hill as 2020 speculation mounts: report GOP senators: Trump should not declare border emergency during State of the Union MORE Jr. (D-Pa.) said on Monday that he will oppose President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE's forthcoming Supreme Court pick because the nomination will have been a "corrupt bargain" with the "far Right."

The decision by Casey — who is running for reelection in a state Trump won in 2016 — comes before Trump names his nominee to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
 
"I will oppose the nomination the President will make tonight because it represents a corrupt bargain with the far Right, big corporations, and Washington special interests," Casey said in a series of tweets explaining his decision.
 
Trump is scheduled to name his nominee at 9 p.m. Eastern from the White House, sparking a high-stakes confirmation fight months before the November midterm election. 
 
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Trump has reportedly narrowed his list of roughly two dozen candidates down to four: Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas HardimanBrett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge.
 
Each of the potential nominees is on a list previously released by Trump. The list has been blasted by Democrats because it was compiled in consultation with outside conservative groups.
 
Casey added that the judges under consideration by Trump are the "fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp."
 
"This list is the bidding of corporate special interests hell-bent on handing health care over to insurance companies, crushing unions that represent working men and women, and promoting policies that will leave the middle-class further behind," he said.

The Senate GOP campaign arm hammered Casey over his remarks, saying he has "given up any pretense of being a moderate voice."

“Casey’s willingness to oppose any nominee off of a list that includes judges he has previously voted for shows he will oppose President Trump at all costs, even when doing so makes him look like a partisan hack," Bob Salera, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in a statement.
 
White House spokesman Raj Shah, meanwhile, called Casey's opposition unfortunate, but not surprising.
 
 
Since Senate Republicans changed the rules last year by getting rid of the 60-vote filibuster for Supreme Court nominations, whomever Trump picks could be confirmed without help from Democrats if Republicans remain united.
 
 
But Democrats running for reelection are expected to face pressure to support Trump's nominee. 
 
Democratic Sens. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary EPA's Wheeler faces grilling over rule rollbacks MORE (Ind.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction MORE (N.D.) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSenate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general GOP wants to pit Ocasio-Cortez against Democrats in the Senate Senate poised to confirm Trump’s attorney general pick MORE (W.Va.) supported Justice Neil Gorsuch's nomination last year.
 
— This report was updated at 1:37 p.m.