Here Are Trump’s Reported ‘Final Four’ Picks for Supreme Court Justice

Tuesday, 10 Jul, 2018

Trump tweeted on Sunday. The position will be left vacant by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who had acted as the swing vote on many critical issues including abortion.

Trump spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon before returning to Washington from a weekend at his private golf club in New Jersey, where he deliberated his decision amid furious lobbying and frenzied speculation.

"It's an historic decision. It's about more than the next election", Democratic Sen.

"They're good judges", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

"I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump said, adding that he would "probably" have a decision by Sunday evening or Monday morning.

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They include Judge Raymond Kethledge, 51, who sits on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, who would puncture the Ivy League aura that cloaks the Supreme Court since he studied law at the University of MI and not Harvard or Yale. Hardiman, who lives in Pennsylvania, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, where he served at one time with Trump's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry. He had previously worked with independent counsel Kenneth Starr in the investigation of President Bill Clinton, and was involved in the Florida presidential vote recount in 2000.

The four finalists are said to be federal appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. Hardiman, who drove a cab as he worked his way through college, was in the running for the seat that eventually went to Gorsuch. But a woman's right to choose may be at the center of the Senate's confirmation hearings.

Kavanaugh, 53, was first nominated to the appeals court by President George W. Bush in 2003.

Republicans outnumber Democrats, 51 to 49, in the Senate. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) made Barrett a religious-rights cult hero.

Given GOP control of the Senate and the chamber's Republican leader Mitch McConnell's abolition of the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations during the Gorsuch confirmation saga, any of the four is expected to have a strong chance of confirmation.

Trump was reportedly receptive to the idea, though it's unclear whether that will change his decision.

That increases the focus on two Republicans - Sen. "We've been talking about this for 36 years going all the way back to the nomination of Sandra O'Connor, and after that you only have a single individual on the court who has expressly said he would overturn Roe". Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. But four Democrats from states Trump won in 2016 voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year, leaving the Republicans room for error.

All of the four states were carried by Mr. Trump in 2016. We don't know who the nominee is going to be yet", Jones told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union. "I don't think my role is to rubber stamp for the president, but it's also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either".

While Democrats are flailing, Trump can hardly lose.

But Trump Supreme Court advisor Leonard Leo says the Roe v. Wade conversation is nothing more than a scare tactic.