Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump says he has narrowed list of candidates for Supreme Court seat

Trump says he has narrowed list of candidates for Supreme Court seat

"I think it cuts both ways".

In recent days, Collins has said she wouldn't vote for someone who wants to overturn the decision on the right to choose, which she considers settled law - but has sent mixed signals about how far she will push to find out where a nominee stands since she also said she wouldn't ask for any nominee's personal opinion on any specific issue. Among those still under consideration is Judge Amul Thapar, named by Trump previous year to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Trump is not naming names, but says he'll decide by the weekend and announce his pick Monday night.

His concerns mirror comments from some conservatives who view Kavanaugh as a more establishment-aligned pick on abortion and issues related to the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures. Rand Paul of Kentucky, about the process. For about a year and a half in the 1990s, Kethledge was counsel to Republican Sen. "We believe him. Don't you, Senator Collins?" Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate with a 54-45 vote months later. John McCain away from Washington, any GOP defections could begin to doom a nominee. All three were nominated by Republican presidents.

Kennedy was often a member of five-to-four majority decisions on the high court, and now conservatives see a chance to solidify their majority on the Supreme Court for years to come.

He has the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican.

McConnell acknowledged that his fellow Kentuckian, Judge Amul Thapar, is a finalist, but noted, "The competition at this level is pretty intense". The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path to confirmation. He conducted interviews Monday and Tuesday.

As Trump's list tightened, there was some internal concern that the president's options could be narrowed by the public outcry - particularly what had appeared to be mounting conservative reservations about Kavanaugh. He's still taking input, making calls to Capitol Hill, the official said.

Pence met in person with Kethledge and Barrett while he was vacationing in IN earlier this week and met with Kavanaugh at the Naval Observatory on Wednesday, said a person familiar with the process who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Trump has been interviewing candidates drawn from a 25-person list created by the Federalist Society, an organization of conservative and libertarian-leaning lawyers. Earlier in the week, he spoke with seven of them.

He spoke by phone with Lee on Monday, a spokesman for the senator said on Tuesday.

Most Democrats and Independents support Roe v. Wade: 84 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of Independents said they agree with the landmark decision.

Cruz said President George H.W. Bush's selection of liberal David Souter was "one of the most consequential errors of his presidency".

Yet, at that time, he did not go as far as to say that US citizens should lose the right to an abortion that was legalized by the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling. Republicans blocked Garland's 2016 nomination by then President Barack Obama.

Lee, he said, would be a "sure thing".

Bonauto noted that previous year, then-nominee Neil Gorsuch refused to answer questions about certain cases, such as Brown v. Board of Education, and the senators should not allow that to happen this time.

Kethledge, 51, like Kavanaugh, also clerked for Kennedy. Kethledge, a Michigan Law graduate, would add academic diversity to a court steeped in the Ivy League. Trump's top contenders for the vacancy at this time are federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, said a person familiar with Trump's thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly.

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