Trump 'very close' to decision on Supreme Court pick

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President Donald Trump said Sunday afternoon he still had not made his final decision on a Supreme Court nominee, but anticipated finishing by Monday.

President Trump teased his "exceptional" choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy over the weekend; confirming his plans to announce his nominee at 9:00pm Monday evening from the White House.

Of those, the shortlist is understood to have boiled down to four judges from various USA courts of appeal - Amy Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge.

"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", said Sen.

"If you're a conservative Republican, the four named - particularly Thomas Hardiman". Graham says red-state Democrats may be the key to securing the nomination. He claimed that due to how dysfunctional the two parties were, it is unlikely that many Democrats would support a Trump nominee. "So red-state Democrats are going to have a very hard decision".

"I'm not sure I'm leaning anywhere on those four nominees".

"They're good judges", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press". "I don't think my role is a rubber stamp for the President, but it's also not an automatic, knee-jerk no either", Jones said.

Democrats and pro-abortion groups stepped up their rhetoric on Sunday over the danger of Trump's second pick. An official said Thursday that Trump had completed his scheduled interviews for potential nominees. "You can't go wrong", the president told reporters Sunday.

President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, background right, board Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 8, 2018, en route to Washington from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. But in terms of selecting his nominee, the president said he would not use Roe v. Wade as a litmus test for a nominee.

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It is not exaggeration to say that the prospect of tipping the balance of the Supreme Court was the reason why evangelical conservative voters, who had plenty of reason to worry about Trump's character, made a decision to stick with him during the 2016 election campaign. And as Sally Ayhan reports, the decision could leave his mark on the Supreme Court for decades. "And after that 36 year period, we only have a single individual on the court who has expressly said he would overturn Roe".

Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, are pro-abortion and have said they would vote against a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade. Previously, Collins voted for Gorsuch because of his belief in the significance of precedent.

Democrats are still stinging from Republicans refusing to even grant a hearing to President Barack Obama's choice to serve on the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland. Many, including Leo, believe that it was a major contributing factor to his victory in 2016.

Trump is also believed to be studying Brett Kavanaugh, 53, of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and a Yale Law School graduate. Kethledge, 51, is a judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Kethledge serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio. Barrett, in her mid-40s, is a judge for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; she was nominated by Trump.

Of the other two, he added: "Ray Kethledge and Tom Hardiman, they're a little bit less known by conservatives".

Barrett has a thin resume as a judge but has amassed a formidable and respected body of scholarly work. 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.

Hardiman is a "late addition" to Trump's final four, per the New York Times, but he was the runner-up to Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago. On Sunday he was back to citing "the four people".

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