Trump poised to announce US Supreme Court nominee

Trump poised to announce US Supreme Court nominee

The Republican president, with an opportunity to further put his stamp on the court with the second appointee of his 18 months in office, is expected to choose among four judges with strong conservative credentials: Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett.

Mr. Trump will reveal the nomination at 9 p.m.at the White House but told reporters on his way back to Washington from a weekend at his New Jersey golf club that he hadn't yet decided.

President Trump will announce his latest nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court tonight.

Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and a former clerk for Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice.

By installing Gorsuch and another, similar candidate on the court, Trump can tell conservative voters that he kept his promises and give them a reason to solidify his electoral coalition. But he had made his final decision, according to a person with knowledge of the president's thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly. Hardiman is one of four judges thought to be President Donald Trump's top contenders to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. The White House said today that former Sen.

Trump has moved quickly to make a nomination while Republicans hold a bare majority in the Senate, which needs to approve the appointment.

Liberal horror and conservative delight about the implications of the pick have crystalized into a debate about the newly constituted court's potential to overturn Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that upheld a legal right to an abortion.

"We are close to making a decision", said Trump.

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Leonard Leo, who is on leave from the Federalist Society and has been advising Trump over the court nomination, said he assumes Kavanaugh, Barrett, Hardiman and Kethledge "are the four" who are getting the most focus. Three Democrats voted for her then. He claimed that due to how dysfunctional the two parties were, it is unlikely that many Democrats would support a Trump nominee.

President Donald Trump has yet to announce his pick for Supreme Court, but Democratic Sen.

Several senators in states where Trump won big in 2016, like Jon Tester in Montana, Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Joe Manchin in West Virginia, are caught between the party's riled up liberal base and their own socially conservative voters. He added: "I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court". "It's important to have people who are extremely well known and have distinguished records".

There are no set dates for when the confirmation hearings will begin.

"I don't think anyone should expect me to simply vote yes for this nominee just simply because my state may be more conservative than others", Mr. Jones said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union".

"I'm very confident with this president's enthusiasm and with Leader McConnell's enthusiasm that they can get anybody confirmed", Mr. Leo said on ABC's "This Week".

While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight.

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