Trump set to name Supreme Court pick with strong conservative credentials

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President Donald Trump said Sunday afternoon he still had not made his final decision on a Supreme Court nominee, but anticipated finishing by Monday.

Mr. Trump will reveal the nomination at 9 the White House but told reporters on his way back to Washington from a weekend at his New Jersey golf club that he hadn't yet decided.

US President Donald Trump is set to nominate a new conservative justice to the Supreme Court on Monday, an intensely-anticipated decision with momentous implications for America on everything from abortion to guns to immigration.

Hardiman, 53, has served on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2007, having been appointed by Republican former President George W. Bush, after four years as a U.S. district judge in western Pennsylvania.

By installing Gorsuch and another, similar candidate on the court, Trump can tell conservative voters that he kept his promises and give them a reason to solidify his electoral coalition.

Republican congressional leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly tried to nudge Trump towards one of two candidates - Hardiman or Kethledge - seen as presenting fewer obstacles to a Senate confirmation.

With Democrats determined to vigorously oppose Trump's choice, the Senate confirmation battle is expected to dominate the months leading up to November's midterm elections. In the Senate, Republicans hold a slim 51-49 advantage.

A person familiar with the selection process indicated Trump is narrowing the field, with Barrett the least likely among the four to be chosen. He recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to get an abortion. The President's hardline policy approach means the issue could well end up before the court soon. If Mr. McCain is not able to vote, only one Republican would have to defect to derail the confirmation, assuming the Democrats maintain flawless party discpline.

According to NBC News, many advocates for LGBTQ rights and civil rights have expressed concerns about the president's alleged shortlist of nominees, especially since they will be replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was an important swing vote in many cases.

Perhaps it will fire up Democrats to embark on the decades-long quest to remake the ideological balance of the court that the GOP has used to enthuse its grassroots voters and that Trump harnessed in 2016.

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. 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. But Indiana's Joe Donnelly, North Dakota's Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia's Joe Manchin all say they won't attend.

"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".

"I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here", added Sen.

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