President Trump reportedly close to finalizing Supreme Court pick

  • President Trump reportedly close to finalizing Supreme Court pick

President Trump reportedly close to finalizing Supreme Court pick

Trump was at his private golf club in New Jersey Friday and planned to spend the weekend there, consulting with advisers as he picks his court nominee amid intense jockeying from various factions seeking to influence the choice.

A person familiar with the search process confirms Pence's participation.

A person familiar with the selection process said Trump was focused on two people, federal appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, but others were still in contention.

President Donald Trump isn't the only administration official meeting with potential nominees for the Supreme Court. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, about the process. He confirmed that he would announce his final decision on Monday night at 9 pm at the White House.

"[We] had a very deep discussion".

Kennedy, a moderate conservative, sided with his more liberal colleagues on a number of issues, including abortion rights and paving the way to legalizing gay marriage. "His record is there for everyone to inspect", says Josh Blackman, an associate professor at South Texas College of Law active in Washington legal circles.

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Roy Blunt of Missouri said Sunday that they believe any of the top four contenders could get confirmed by the GOP-majority Senate. The person spoke about Paul's views on condition of anonymity.

Leo said: "Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Barrett have a lot of name recognition among supporters of the president, and I think that ultimately when people like them are nominated, you'll see a lot of folks line up".

She was confirmed 55 to 43 by the Senate, and three Democrats voted for her - Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Tim Kaine of Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana. Any GOP defections could begin to doom a nominee.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told the president this week that nominating someone hostile to abortion access, or the 2010 health care law, would tarnish his legacy.

The senator was in Utah at the time of Trump's call, his spokesman Conn Carroll said, adding that he knew no further details. Some conservatives have been lobbying against him, worrying that his upbringing in the suburbs of Washington could mean he's the kind of justice who has disappointed conservatives before.

McConnell acknowledged that his fellow Kentuckian, Judge Amul Thapar, is a finalist, but noted, "The competition at this level is pretty intense".

Kethledge, 51, impressed Trump during his interview, officials said, but he is not as well-known as the other two candidates.

Trump is choosing his nominee from a list of 25 candidates vetted by conservative groups.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has said she would oppose any nominee she believed would overturn Roe v. Wade, stressing she wants to back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the Roe decision.

During the July 4 picnic at the White House, Trump suggested to friends and some external advisors that he had already made up his mind about whom he will pick to join the high court, the person said on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the ongoing deliberations.

Making his second Supreme Court appointment less than 18 months into his presidency will let Trump cement conservative control of the court for years to come. A graduate of University of Michigan Law School, he clerked for Kennedy in the late 1990s and advised Republican Senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan.

Meanwhile, Raj Shah will take leave from his post at principal deputy press secretary to work full time on the Supreme Court nomination.

Barrett's profile rose rapidly past year with conservative groups after her confirmation hearing featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions.