Trump focused on Kavanaugh, Kethledge for Supreme Court

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And he's consulting with the vice president and others as he zeroes in on a nominee. I'll have a decision made in my mind by Sunday.

Trump's nominee would replace Justice Kennedy, who announced his retirement in June. Vice President Mike Pence would serve as the tiebreaker if the votes are split.

The source told Reuters that Amy Coney Barrett of IN, a judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was still IN contention but that the Republican president had been asking more questions about the other two, who have more extensive judicial records. "I think I've made it pretty clear if a nominee has demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade and has said that they're not going to abide by that long-standing precedent, that I could not support that nominee", Collins told reporters at a holiday parade in Bangor.

Barrett, 46, clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

In addition to the two Supreme Court picks, Trump has been nominating judges to lower federal courts at a rapid pace, establishing a judicial legacy that would last fore years before his term.

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.

As CBN News has reported, Trump has narrowed his list of possible nominees. The Vice President has reportedly met with those three judges in recent days.

"President Trump and conservatives can be sure that Lee won't change".

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. To do so, it's worth considering the views of the man who will spearhead the confirmation battle, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

These conservatives, including Texas Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, about the process.

Whoever is picked is likely to be more conservative than the man being replaced, Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Asked to name the four candidates on his shortlist, Trump refused but reaffirmed that "I have it down to four". "We'll announce it on Monday". And with the ailing Arizona Sen.

Lee is a known conservative commodity who has all the credentials.

In The Washington Post, Gonzales pushed back against the criticism of Kavanaugh's past decisions, as well as the suggestion that his time in Bush's administration as staff secretary in the executive office marks him as an "establishment" Republican. "Republicans have run roughshod over traditions to get these Federalist Society nominees approved, and we're making sure that we communicate just how unprecedented this list is - to have specific litmus tests for Supreme Court justices". He has served as a law clerk to outgoing Justice Kennedy, and to two other appellate judges.

Yoo added that Kethledge "does some of his best writing" from a cabin in Northern Michigan. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., questioned Barrett about whether her Catholic faith might color her work on the bench.

And Trump is hearing out arguments for Kethledge, another former Kennedy clerk, and for Coney Barrett, a University of Notre Dame Law School professor who is being championed by some social conservatives, according to the advisers, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

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