Supreme Court Nominee List Shortens to Mostly 'Identical' Candidates

Supreme Court Nominee List Shortens to Mostly 'Identical' Candidates

Those three, along with Amul Thapar, also in the 6th Circuit, were interviewed by the President on Monday.

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.

CNN reported earlier this week that the President has wrapped up his scheduled interviews for the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's decision to retire, as he moves closer to formally announcing his pick for the next high court justice.

Grasssley says for the recent appointments of Justices Sotomayor and Gorsuch, it took 66 days from announcement to Senate confirmation. He planned to dine Friday night with Vice Mike President Pence, who is involved in the selection process and has spoken with Kavanaugh as well as Barrett and Kethledge.

Wong said her group was planning marches, rallies and "massive civil disobedience" and said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., should press all Democrats to oppose Trump's nominee. Earlier in the week, he spoke with seven of them.

The fight will be intense, fueled by Kennedy's status as the court's frequent swing vote and the GOP's hair-thin 51-49 Senate majority - effectively 50-49 since January, with Sen. He's the only lawmaker on Trump's list.

The 53-year-old judge, who sits on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has the best credentials as well as some big risks, according to conservatives eagerly awaiting Trump's decision.

Lee, he said, would be a "sure thing". Rather than politicizing the process or seeking to make the court hyper-partisan, the theory goes, the president should select able, thoughtful nominees who are not extremists - and members of both parties in the U.S. Senate, which is tasked with confirming or rejecting the president's nominees, should give a measure of deference to the president's choice.

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In the budding battle royale over the Supreme Court vacancy, what's the Democratic sweet spot between satisfying liberal activists' demands for an all-out fight against President Donald Trump's pick and protecting senators facing tight re-election races in deeply red states?

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has told colleagues he may not vote for Kavanaugh if the judge is nominated, citing Kavanaugh's role during the Bush administration on cases involving executive privilege and the disclosure of documents to Congress, said a person familiar with Paul's conversations who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Some have suggested that Kethledge could be another justice in the mold of Trump's first nominee, Neil Gorsuch. He has served as a law clerk to outgoing Justice Kennedy, and to two other appellate judges. Kethledge, a Michigan Law graduate, would add academic diversity to a court steeped in the Ivy League.

Federal judges Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge are considered top contenders. Conservative groups rallied around Barrett after her confirmation hearing previous year featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions.

On Wednesday, Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, reiterated that she could not vote for a nominee with a "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion.

Trump, who conducted interviews with seven candidates earlier this week for a spot on the top US judicial body, told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to a rally in Montana that he would make a decision by Sunday and announce it at 9 p.m. EDT on Monday.

On abortion, Barrett has said that she believes life begins at conception, and has also criticized Roe v. Wade.

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