Pennsylvania judge one of four Supreme Court finalist

Pennsylvania judge one of four Supreme Court finalist

Thapar, 49, a Cincinnati-based federal appeals court judge, was among the first four candidates interviewed by Trump on July 2.

White House officials close to the USA 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.

"When the President has made up his mind, he wants to go", an aide told Axios, adding that staffers plan to persuade Trump to stick to his original timeline because the announcement would get more media coverage.

Trump is believed to have narrowed his shortlist down to just three or four candidates. The first two are the top contenders for the position, said NPR. 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.

Pence met with Kethledge and Coney Barrett while in IN earlier this week, then sat down with Kavanaugh in Washington on Wednesday.

Trump is set to announce his Supreme Court nomination on Monday night at 9:00pm ET on Fox News Channel.

Trump had on Friday discussed the nomination with Vice President Mike Pence in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Other judges that have been widely considered to be finalist include Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett.

Though Kennedy was a Republican appointee who has often sided with the court's right flank, Wu called the judge - who authored the opinions on many landmark gay-rights cases - the most vocal ally LGBTQ people have had on the Supreme Court. Viewed warily by his party's conservative base, Trump has been keen to note that all of his picks have been vetted by conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.

Conservatives and some libertarian-leaning Republicans, including Paul, have raised concerns about Kavanaugh, warning he could disappoint Republicans if his past decisions are a guide. And with the ailing Arizona Sen.

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.

Kethledge previously served as a law clerk for Kennedy, counsel for the Ford Motor Company and judiciary counsel to U.S. Sen.

Bush also nominated Kethledge, of MI, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in March 2017. Additionally, three Democrats - including Donnelly and Manchin - supported Barrett when Trump nominated her to the bench past year.

A constitutional lawyer who met his wife while clerking for Chief Justice John Roberts, Hawley is in his element when he declares that McCaskill has "been wrong on every single court nominee since she has been running for the Senate or in the Senate". It is better to have a vacancy until next year than to fill the seat with a weak nominee who will betray your legacy and the constitution for the next forty years.

President George W. Bush, meanwhile, nominated Kavanaugh, of Maryland, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in January 2006.

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