Trump 'very close' to decision on Supreme Court pick

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The last-minute jockeying by lawmakers and other political stakeholders played right into the reality show-like gamesmanship surrounding President Trump's choice for Supreme Court nominee - right down to a blast from the past re-emerging on Trump's list of finalists. He expressed renewed interest in Hardiman - the runner-up when Trump nominated Gorsuch, said two people with knowledge of his thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly. Trump says the new justice should have a great intellect and the right temperament. Trump is expected to pressure recalcitrant Senate Democrats into supporting his nominee by holding rallies in their states. And they're excellent, every one. She once called a 1992 Supreme Court decision that upheld Roe v. Wade "erroneous".

Republicans outnumber Democrats, 51 to 49, in the Senate.

"I think we can confirm any of the four names being mentioned", Blunt said on NBC's 'Meet the Press.' "They're good judges".

And Democrats can not even be sure of holding their line against Trump's pick. "I don't think my role is to rubber stamp for the president, but it's also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either".

Leo, who had helped Trump compile the original list of nominees, said that he would pick Kavanaugh, with Kethledge and Barrett a close second. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) told the president over the weekend that Hardiman and Kethledge would face the fewest obstacles to confirmation. "Donald Trump could nominate George Washington or John Marshall, and they couldn't get through".

The president is said to be leaning toward Hardiman.

It is not exaggeration to say that the prospect of tipping the balance of the Supreme Court was the reason why evangelical conservative voters, who had plenty of reason to worry about Trump's character, chose to stick with him during the 2016 election campaign. That decision was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court this year in a landmark ruling. "And after that 36-year period, we only have a single individual on the court who has expressly said he would overturn Roe", said Leo.

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Two Republican senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, are pro-abortion and have said they would vote against a candidate who would overturn Roe v. Wade. Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is also a former Kennedy clerk.

Track record: Barrett's recent ascension to the appeals court means she does not have the long, conservative record that lawmakers on the right find reassuring.

In 2017, when Hardiman was last considered for a Supreme Court seat, he had the support of the president's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry.

Of the other two, he added: "Ray Kethledge and Tom Hardiman, they're a little bit less known by conservatives".

Kavanaugh is a former clerk to Anthony Kennedy, and was the principle author of the Ken Starr report on Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Savoring the suspense, Trump has sought to keep people guessing in the final hours, hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch past year. I'll be deciding tonight or tomorrow sometime by 12 o'clock, and we're all gonna be meeting at 9 o'clock.


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