Trump teases pick for Supreme Court

Report President Trump Has Made His Decision on a Supreme Court Nominee

White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters this week that the president had spoken with at least eight potential nominees and wants to select someone who has superior intellect, "the right temperament" and will uphold the Constitution.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the conversation publicly. John McCain away from Washington, any defections by Republicans could begin to imperil a nominee. Knorr praised President Trump for keeping his promises to the pro-life movement, but the ACLU Illinois said a Supreme Court pick should not be about political promises and personal agendas. Kennedy was long considered the court's swing vote, and while Republicans are jubilant about getting a second nomination to the court under Trump, Democrats are concerned Trump will replace Kennedy with a more pure conservative justice who might overturn rulings dealing with abortion, gay rights and other issues.

McConnell acknowledged that his fellow Kentuckian, Judge Amul Thapar, is a finalist, but noted, "The competition at this level is pretty intense".

Susan B. Anthony List, a group that opposes abortion rights, has dispatched more than 500 local workers not just in IN, but Florida, Missouri and OH, where Democrats are also seeking re-election in states Trump carried in 2016. IL law protects it. Trump conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates.

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.

White House officials close to the U.S. president say personality will be as important a factor as politics in the decision, a strategy Mr Trump has taken with previous high-profile appointments.

A person familiar with the search process confirms Pence's participation.

Trump is choosing his nominee from a list of 25 candidates vetted by conservative groups.

"Past Republican presidents have repeatedly nominated justices who failed to live up to the principles they were selected to represent", Cruz wrote.

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Two Senators who could make or break any of these nominees' chances are Sen.

More than two dozen conservatives, including Paul, wealthy GOP donor Rebekah Mercer and several tea party leaders, signed a letter backing Lee as having a "proven record".

It was less than 18 months ago that Trump named Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

That advertising campaign, directed at Collins, asks whether or not she believes past statements by the president signaling he could seek to appoint justices that would upend the Roe v. Wade precedent. Vice President Mike Pence would serve as the tiebreaker if the votes are split.

The president enjoyed the suspenseful process leading up to his announcement past year that he was nominating Neil Gorsuch for the high court and is hoping to keep the guessing game going until he announces his pick Monday in prime time. He is also former law clerk to Kennedy, as is Kethledge. Kethledge attended the University of MI for both undergraduate and law school.

Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on a Chicago appeals court, could be on President Trump's list of Supreme Court picks. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., questioned Barrett about whether her Catholic faith might color her work on the bench.

Justice Kennedy announced his retirement from the high court on June 27 and becomes effective July 31. Recognizing the stakes, many Democrats have lined up in opposition to any Trump pick.

Trump won Manchin's home state of West Virginia by more than 42 points in 2016, putting the longtime moderate Democrat on thin ice going into this November.

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