Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeTrump to announce Supreme Court pick July 9; two women on short list The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance - Expensive and brutal: Inside the Supreme Court fight ahead Senate passes mammoth farm bill MORE (R), who has openly acknowledged he would accept an appointment to the high court.
He said Friday that he was focusing on five to seven candidates whom he planned to interview this week.
President Trump is on the verge of announcing a nominee to the Supreme Court who undoubtedly will be given the seal of approval by right-leaning groups dedicated to reversing Roe v. Wade. Justin Clark, director of the Office of Public Liaison, will oversee White House coordination with outside groups.
"There is keen interest in those two, but there are at least a couple of others who are still very seriously in the mix", said the person.
But Democrats remain bitter that McConnell blocked consideration in 2016 of former President Barack Obama's final nominee, Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Trump's nominee must win Senate confirmation.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that White House Counsel Don McGahn will lead the overall process.
Raj Shah will take leave from his role in the press office to work full time on communications with Congress about the nominaton.
"These people weren't even talked to when they were put on the list", said Leo.
Thapar, 49, is among the 25 shortlisted judges Trump could nominate to replace Kennedy. "Yet they have captured the Electoral College and the White House in only four of those races, and, largely as a result, now face the prospect that Republicans will control the Supreme Court for years, no matter how often a majority of Americans support Democrats in presidential contests". "We are excited about the opportunity of putting justices on the court who are going to look at the original intent of the constitution and rule in that manner", said Carol Trobias of the National Right to Life Committee.
Few governmental parlor games obsess official Washington more than trying to determine the identity of an upcoming Supreme Court nominee, and the frenzy of speculation in the corridors of power over the past week has proven that this go-round will be no exception.
The senator has a couple of times threatened to withhold his vote on key Trump priorities citing ideological disagreements, most recently the nomination of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He says both would be threatened by a conservative Trump nominee.
Manchin has already warned the White House against an overtly anti-abortion nominee.