President Trump Narrows It Down To Two Judges

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Trump promised Sunday to choose an "exceptional person" for the post, but some Democrats were already signalling blanket opposition.

Lat: Judge Barrett has stated that Roe is settled law, but she has said that in the context of being a circuit judge, a lower court judge below the tier of the Supreme Court. They see him as too pragmatic and have painted him as the kind of nominee who could betray conservatives.

Presidents weigh all sorts of considerations in deciding on a Supreme Court nominee, often beginning with the big question: Will the choice be confirmed by the Senate?

Republicans in the Senate need to be completely united on the pick, because of the delicate nature of their majority. Sen.

President Donald Trump has decided on his nominee to the Supreme Court after spending Monday morning working the phones primarily seeking input about two judges who were said to be the finalists, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Thomas M. Hardiman, people familiar with the discussions said.

For now, Democrats are piling pressure on Republican Sen.

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

He has another potential advantage: he serves with Judge Maryanne Trump Barry - the president's sister - on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

"I think in regards to Kethledge and Tom Hardiman they are a little less known by conservatives and their records are a little bit lighter so it might take some time", Leo told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

"This next nomination will be the swing vote to overturn Roe v Wade and equally important to eviscerate the protections of millions of Americans who suffer from existing conditions and other healthcare rights along with workers' rights, gay rights, voting rights".

As the president deliberated, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network prepared for a seven-figure advertising buy in four states to support the eventual nominee.

"I'm very close to making a decision", Trump said.

"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", Jones said.

"This is a nightmare for red state Democrats to oppose a highly qualified nominee - and all these candidates are highly qualified", Lindsey Graham, the senator from SC, told Fox News Sunday. We don't know who this nominee is going to be yet.

Stephanopoulos also asked Leo about an argument by some Democrats, including Blumenthal, that no new justice should be appointed until after special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is finished because it would be improper for the president to nominate someone who may have jurisdiction over the probe.

Leo said Hardiman of Pennsylvania and Kethledge of MI are "a little bit less known by conservatives".

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. The selection has been described in the national media as monumental in cementing a conservative majority on the Supreme Court for a generation.

It also underlines that the decision by McConnell to refuse to confirm President Barack Obama's pick for the court, Judge Merrick Garland, before the 2016 election, that could have led to a liberal majority, as one of the most far-reaching gambits in recent political history.

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