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Trump to name Supreme Court nominee Monday
President Trump is expected to announce his pick, the justice Kennedy of the morning; Gabby Morrongiello of the Washington Examiner and Garrett Tenney.
President Trump said on Sunday he was called as “close to the decision” about it, to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy a little more than 24 hours before he was scheduled to announce his choice in a Prime-time address Monday.
“I’m very close to a final decision. And I think this person is a great job,” Trump said, reports how he was in Washington from a weekend at his New Jersey golf club.
If you are asked how many people were considered, the President said: “let’s say it’s four people … you are excellent at each. You can’t go wrong.” Trump added that he is gonna be the final decision by “tonight or tomorrow sometime around 12 a.m. and we are at nine.”
Look forward to announcing my final decision on the United States Supreme Court Justice at 9:00pmE tomorrow night at the @WhiteHouse. An extraordinary person will be chosen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 8. July 2018
Later Wednesday, Trump tweeted that he was “[l]ooking forward to announcing my final decision on the United States Supreme Court Justice at 9:00pmE tomorrow night at the @WhiteHouse. An extraordinary person is elected!”
Sources tell Fox News that the White house is preparing information material on four possible candidates: court of appeals judge Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.
Sources described Hardiman Fox News on Friday as a “dark horse” candidate in comparison to the other three. But the Associated Press reported on Sunday that trump had expressed the desire to see renewed interest in Hardiman — the runner-up, to replace if the President nominated Neil from gorsuch, the late justice Antonin Scalia last year.
Meanwhile, Vice-President Mike Pence met with Kavanaugh, Kethledge, and Barrett last week, cementing the idea that all three were finalists for the post. However, any selection must be balanced against the political reality — with Republicans in a breath to keep a thin majority in the Senate and a democratic leader, pleaded with their colleagues to remain steadfast against any trump nomination.
Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh’s — a longtime judge and a former clerk for Kennedy — this survey serve his commitment to social issues such as abortion and in the light of his time under President George W. Bush as evidence that he is a other, selection. But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions. Barrett has excited social conservatives, since you asked, your Roman Catholic faith has in their nomination hearings last year, but with your short time on the bench, questions.
Sources tell Fox News, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has expressed concerns that Barrett to the White house. The White house believes, they would ultimately confirm the vote to Barrett, but you don’t want in the box. Trump also has to decide whether he wants a candidate that will push abortion to the top of the confirmation battle. Collins has previously said a candidate who is against Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide, would be “unacceptable.”
Top Republican senators said Sunday they were convinced that each of the four finalists could be confirmed by their colleagues.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., told “Fox News Sunday” that the Democrats are from States won by trump in 2016, “a very hard decision.”
“There is none, the President of Trump nominate could be of a conservative bent that many democratic votes,” said Graham, “but this is a nightmare for the red-state Democrats against a highly qualified candidate, and all four of these people are highly qualified, was on the place that know what they are doing, mainstream judges … and I hope that any Republicans will rally behind this because they are brilliant.”
Three Democrats-Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana voted to confirm from gorsuch, together with 51 Republicans in the last year.
“You are a good judge,” Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., NBC’s “Meet The Press. “I think you would be fine, judge of the Supreme court. I think the President has to think about who is the easiest to use, is confirmed here. And I expect that we will do, on the kind of a normal schedule, a couple of months.”
Trump is outside the in-court adviser Leonard Leo, currently on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC’s “This week” on Sunday that this kind of scramble is standard, provides that “each potential candidate prior to the announcement gets, the concerns about them from people who might ultimately support them.”
Leo said: “Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Barrett have a lot of name recognition among the supporters of the President, and I think that ultimately, if people like you are nominated, you will see a lot of people in the line-up.”
Of the other two, he added: “Ray Kethledge, and Tom Hardiman, you are a bit less conservative. And their records are a little easier. So, it may take some time.”
Fox News’ John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report.