Watch Video Of Trump's Supreme Court Nomination

Elias Hubbard
July 10, 2018

President Donald Trump has decided on who he will pick for a lifetime position on the U.S. Supreme Court and will announce the nomination later on Monday, with four conservative federal appellate judges as the top contenders to succeed retiring long-time Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The President is predicting he'll announce his pick for the Supreme Court Monday night at 9 p.m. He said Sunday on CNN that he is "concerned about this nomination" but cautioned that it was too early to say how he planned to vote. "An exceptional person will be chosen".

Trump is considering four final candidates for the nomination, according to The New York Times. Judge Brett Kavanaugh looked to have the inside track within the White House last week but may have hit a snag.

The choice could be made all the more hard for Casey if Trump nominates Thomas Hardiman, now serving as a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals which covers part of Pennsylvania, and who was first appointed to serve in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh in 2003. Trump had a strong favorable reaction to Kethledge, while Barrett was seen as a less likely choice.

"Trump has enjoyed teasing details of his process in recent days, saying Thursday that he was down to four people and 'of the four people, I have it down to three or two". But four Democrats from states Trump won in 2016 voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch past year, leaving the Republicans room for error.

"She has made clear - as she said to the president in person two weeks ago - that she considers fully vetting Supreme Court nominees one of the most important jobs of any USA senator, and she plans to fulfill that critical duty", the spokesperson said.

A fellow judge there, Maryanne Trump Barry, one of the president's sisters, reportedly has recommended him to her brother. Kavanaugh has ties to the Bush family, which has often drawn ire from Trump, but he has investigated the Clintons and recommended the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

Hardiman, who turned 53 on Sunday, lost out to Gorsuch in 2017.

Hardiman, 52, who was also appointed by Bush, serves on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. In the Senate, Republicans hold a slim 51-49 advantage.

Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME has said she couldn't support a nominee that doesn't respect legal precedent and would overturn the "settled law" of Roe V. Wade. I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here.

And it's significant because his choice is expected to swing the court towards the right.

Current justices range in age from Elena Kagan, 58, to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85.

Asked whether he would back Mr. Trump's pick, Sen.

Democrats are certain to press Trump's latest nominee on the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, a decision some conservatives - particularly conservative Christians - have long wanted to overturn.

The looming midterm elections in November also could be a factor.

For starters, Judicial Crisis Network is launching a $1.4 million ad buy on national cable and digital, with a particular focus on four states: Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

"Schumer to unite his caucus and oppose Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court", Liat Olenick, co-president of advocacy organization Indivisible Nation BK, told The Hill. Of the court's liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month, so Trump may well get another opportunity to cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come.

-With assistance from Greg Stohr, Laura Litvan and Ben Brody.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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