Pence meets with potential Supreme Court picks

Pence meets with potential Supreme Court picks

Trump has told aides that he sees the Gorsuch announcement as one of the high-water marks of his presidency, and he has warned his associates against leaking his next Supreme Court pick in a bid to ratchet up the intrigue. But Trump has been asking more questions about Kethledge and Kavanaugh.

Kennedy, 81, is widely thought to be a moderate and pivotal swing vote in the highest federal court.

"Those types of cases will continue to come up - freedom of religion of one hand and newly expanded rights to sexual expression on the other", Beckwith said.

Vice President Mike Pence also met with some of Trump's contenders in recent days, according to a person familiar with the search process.

"I think I have it down to four people and I think of the four people, I have it down to three or two", Trump said during a flight to Great Falls, Montana.

Asked to name the four candidates on his shortlist, Trump refused but reaffirmed that "I have it down to four". But I have it down to four.

"I'm anxious about the future of women" if an anti-abortion nominee is confirmed, says Christine Leeper, a content provider for bloggers and one of the younger people at the event. He's expected to announce his nomination Monday.

Though it is unclear who the fourth justice on Trump's shot list is, the top contenders, according to multiple reports, are judges Amul Thapar, Joan Larsen and Thomas Hardiman. He has also since repudiated the Clinton investigation, concluding that such probes of sitting president are detrimental to the country. Early in his career, Kavanaugh served as a law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom he may succeed if nominated by the president. "I doubt it", he said. Even as White House counsel Donald McGahn fiercely guarded information about the candidate interviews and Trump's leanings, the president was engaging with the freewheeling loop of boosters, lawmakers and confidants that he has long counted on for political gut checks.

The primetime event is set for Monday and President Trump can expect a huge audience waiting to hear his choice.

Even as the focus narrowed Thursday to the three apparent finalists from Trump's list of 25, one source said the possibility of a wild-card nominee can not be discounted. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - met with Trump to talk about the Supreme Court vacancy.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters this week that the president had spoken with at least eight potential nominees and wants to select someone who has superior intellect, "the right temperament" and will uphold the Constitution.

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Trump could decide (decide not announce) sooner rather than later, as early as Friday, though the official announcement is still slated for Monday. "We're going to do it at 9 the White House", he told reporters.

Whether or not a religious test is on the table, the Left has clearly been rallying their base with calls to preserve the Supreme Court abortion ruling known as Roe v. Wade. Brian Paul is an appellate lawyer who argues cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals where Barrett serves. They see the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit judge as the most reliable choice because he's written hundreds of opinions after 12 years on the bench.

"The dogma lives loudly within you", Sen.

Many of these questions surrounded Barrett's Catholic faith-she is a member of a Catholic revivalist group called "People of Praise," in which members swear an oath of loyalty and give each other input on personal life decisions-and some anxious this would influence her political opinions. "She is not perceived as a Washington insider and that can be very powerful", said Ms. Barrett has a less extensive judicial record than the other two.

Judge Kavanaugh clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy - whose looming retirement at the end of this month created the opening Mr. Trump is trying to fill. But the longtime MI resident brings political upside to the process that Kavanaugh and several other contenders can not.

Kethledge, 51, was appointed to his current post by Republican former President George W. Bush and was confirmed by the Senate in 2008.

Republicans are confident they have the votes to confirm anyone Trump chooses, given the party's majority in the Senate and the possibility of picking up votes of Democratic senators from states that heavily favored Trump in 2016.

Since then, aside from President Franklin Roosevelt's ill-fated threat to support an effort to add new Justices (who sympathized with his policies) to the Supreme Court, the number of Justices on the Court has remained stable.

Schumer knows getting Trump to even consider putting Garland on the court is highly unlikely.

Schumer also tweeted barbs about Kethledge on Thursday.

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