Trump's Supreme Court justice pick: Names of 6 candidates interviewed by president

Pauline Gross
July 6, 2018

President Trump could potentially introduce a nominee who will overturn the long-standing ruling, and is expected to announce his decision on Monday. By choosing to retire with Trump in office, Kennedy has opened the door for a conservative to be his successor, possibly altering the Court's balance for years.

The conservative criticism of Kavanaugh could have another ― and some say intended ― effect: reassuring moderate senators like Sens. The junior senator from Texas has thrown his endorsement to Sen. "Mike Lee." Lee is the only lawmaker on Trump's list of potential justices. Some conservative activists have expressed concern about Kavanaugh's two decades in Washington.

The senior administration official, though, said the administration is feeling less heat than earlier in this week over the choices, particularly Kavanaugh, and believes the jockeying in general has calmed somewhat.

The Maine Republican, whose support of Trump's nominee will likely prove critical to confirmation of the lifetime appointee to the nation's court, repeated Wednesday that she would not comment on support for potential candidates. Any GOP defections could begin to doom a nominee.

Trump has said he will make his nomination on July 9. He conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday.

McConnell acknowledged that his fellow Kentuckian, Judge Amul Thapar, is a finalist, but noted, "The competition at this level is pretty intense". There were the four interviews Monday, as well as a conversation with Republican Sen. He's still taking input, making calls to Capitol Hill, the official said.

The news outlet, citing anonymous sources, said that Lee is still on the list of possible nominees but that other choices were in the latest mix and that Lee is "not a frontrunner". He was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit under President George W. Bush in 2006.

"The way we're looking at it is this: If we do a good enough job, we'll make it obvious enough that Collins or Murkowski will be the deciding vote on whether Roe v. Wade is overturned", one Democratic aide tells TIME, referring to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case on abortion.

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The president is rumored to have three frontrunners for the vacant seat.

Cruz said Lee would be a "sure thing".

Kavanaugh, 53, and Kethledge, 51, are both former law clerks to Kennedy, as was Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, who succeeded Antonin Scalia. Larsen previously taught at the Pritzker School of Law, as well as the University of Michigan School of Law.

Kavanaugh is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

It's why the pro-life views of Barrett, a devout Catholic and mother of seven, have loomed large in the debate.

Vice President Mike Pence has also met with some of the contenders for the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, The Associated Press has learned. Recognizing the stakes, many Democrats have lined up in opposition to any Trump pick.

One of those candidates is Sen.

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