Trump to unveil Supreme Court pick for the ages

Trump to unveil Supreme Court pick for the ages

The four finalists are said to be federal appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

President Donald Trump is set to announce his nomination for the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, to fill the seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy when he announced his retirement on the last day of the Supreme Court session on June 28th.

He did not reveal his short list. but he is believed to be considering three men and one woman, all of whom have strong conservative credentials.

Kavanaugh, 53, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is a favorite of the conservative legal establishment because of his long record on issues ranging from the separation of powers and executive privilege to abortion, immigration and gun rights.

If as expected Trump nominates someone firmly to the right, conservatives could dominate the court for years.

Ahead of the decision, Trump has built suspense about who his pick will be. In addition, she is the youngest of the leading candidates, and Trump has said he wants his nominee to serve for decades.

"If all the Republicans stick together", Chris Coons, a Democratic senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, "they will be able to confirm whomever President Trump nominates". He recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to get an abortion. But almost all Senate Democrats and many Democratic voters are expected to oppose Trump's nominee.

Kavanaugh and Barrett had the inside track as of Thursday and Friday, as NPR first reported, but their supporters and opponents have gone after each other through the media and internally to the White House.

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"I'm very close to making a final decision".

Trump is said to have particularly liked Hardiman's life story. Susan Collins, of ME, to speak out, told Stephanopoulos last week that a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade "would not be acceptable", because it indicates an "activist agenda" she didn't want to see in a judge.

Several senators in states where Trump won big in 2016, like Jon Tester in Montana, Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Joe Manchin in West Virginia, are caught between the party's riled up liberal base and their own socially conservative voters.

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) questions Barrett on her Catholic faith and whether it would influence her decisions on the federal appeals court in her Senate confirmation hearing, September 6, 2017.

Barrett, who is 46, has less of a judicial record to review, having just been nominated to the appeals court by Trump a year ago.

"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", Mr. Jones said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union". Both are conservative jurists in the mold of Trump's previous Supreme Court pick, Gorsuch. "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.

While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight.

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