Trump narrows Supreme Court nominee to 4 names

Trump narrows Supreme Court nominee to 4 names

Hardiman, who was runner-up to Neil Gorsuch as the president's Supreme Court pick past year, made a comeback on Trump's shortlist this weekend in part because of the president's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who serves with Hardiman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

"I have long heard that the most important decision a U.S. President can make is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice - Will be announced tonight at 9:00 P.M.", Trump tweeted on Monday morning.

Leonard Leo, a vice president at the Federalist Society who is on leave to assist Mr. Trump, said the chance to nominate a second jurist in two years is the president's prize for making the Supreme Court a major selling point in the 2016 presidential race.

Barrett of IN, 46, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

There is bound to be a lot of media fanfare around the announcement since Trump's choice will mark a significant and lasting shift in how the Supreme Court rules on cases. Who will he name to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's spot on the U.S. Supreme Court?

"Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers", Trump, who named conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the court a year ago, told an applauding audience in the White House East Room.

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Even though Mr. Trump's new nominee won't have to get 60 votes because of the nuclear option, getting to 51 might still be a struggle. I will - as he's out playing golf - I'm thinking of this person; I'm thinking of that person - but I will announce it on prime-time TV at the White House.

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

Heitkamp also said she wouldn't attend.

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Trump past year appointed Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

With the Senate's Republican leadership saying it aims to complete the confirmation process before November's midterm elections, Democrats were nearing panic mode. White House officials have been prepping materials on those four, who have apparently been narrowed down from a list of 25 people that was screened by conservative groups.

Relishing the suspense, Trump insisted he still hadn't locked down his decision, which he wants to keep under wraps until a 9 p.m. Monday announcement from the White House. She once called a 1992 Supreme Court decision that upheld Roe v. Wade "erroneous".

Meanwhile, liberal groups like NARAL Pro-Choice, Protect our Care and Demand Justice are pouring millions into ad campaigns of their own, drawing attention to what a conservative-leaning justice might mean for abortion rights, in particular.

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Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican, said all of the judges under consideration would be "fine justices of the Supreme Court".

The Times says Trump has recently been asking associates about Hardiman, and has also been talking about Barrett and Kavanaugh. For instance, his ties to former President George W. Bush, who appointed him - that could potentially be seen as too establishment for President Trump. It's not an arm of the White House. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainAn end game on Supreme Court nominations Supreme Court talk dominates Sunday shows as Trump nears decision Hysteria about the Supreme Court vacancy isn't about abortion - it's about reparations MORE (R-Ariz.) is away from Washington stricken with brain cancer, while Democrats control 49.

"When there's so little actual daylight between the four front-runners, it's not surprising that the partisans are going to try to grasp onto whatever micro distinction they can find", said Stephen Vladeck, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Texas Law School.

"They just didn't get it, but they do now!"

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