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Two Contenders Remain as Trump Mulls Supreme Court Pick

Two Contenders Remain as Trump Mulls Supreme Court Pick

He has not yet publicly indicated that he has narrowed the list and could still consider others in the mix, and ONN reports Vice President Mike Pence has also met with some of the contenders for the Supreme Court vacancy.

Trump's nominee would replace Justice Kennedy, who announced his retirement in June.

According to National Public Radio (NPR), President Trump has reduced the names of the potential nominees to three judges - Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge.

I think any of these jurists would be a good nominee.

This as the administration continues its efforts fill the Supreme Court with conservative justices.

The married father of two is described by those who know him as a quintessentially "Michigan guy" who fishes and is fond of hunting grouse ("or partridge, as we call them in MI", he once remarked). "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.

The landmark case Roe v. Wade decriminalized abortion and protects a woman's right to choose.

Trump previous year appointed conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to take a seat that the Republican-led U.S. Senate, which must confirm nominees to the high court, had prevented Democratic former President Barack Obama from filling in 2016 following the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

Hardiman is now a judge for the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

Schumer privately urged the president in a phone call earlier this week to nominate federal judge Merrick B. Garland, who was Obama's third nominee to the Supreme Court and was summarily shunned by Senate Republicans in 2016.

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

Trump is set to announce his nominee in a televised address on Monday evening. Many see being considered for the Supreme Court as an honor in itself, the confirmation gauntlet of senator meetings and packed hearings a hardship worth enduring for the lifelong job at the apex of the American justice system.

"I'll have a decision made in my mind by Sunday", the president also said. The Senate confirmed him in May 2006.

Kethledge described in the book how, while clerking for Kennedy, he "walked alone around the Capitol and the Supreme Court building when thinking through a case".

Mom-of-seven Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 46, a former Notre Dame law professor, became a right-wing heroine previous year when she stood up to grilling from Senate Democrats over her religious faith. Her nomination to the 7th Circuit drew questions from many Democrats, and ultimately only three Democrats voted in favor of her confirmation.

"If Democrats tried to go anti-Catholic with her, that'd backfire and we know it", said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.). On Wednesday, Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, reiterated that she could not vote for a nominee with a "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion.