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Trump to announce his Supreme Court pick in prime time

Trump to announce his Supreme Court pick in prime time

Trump to announce his Supreme Court pick in prime time

One of the judges on Trump's shortlist, Amy Coney Barrett, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Donnelly's home state of in - a factor that could make the lawmaker more likely to vote in favor should Barrett be the nominee.

President Donald Trump has decided on his Supreme Court nominee, a person with knowledge of the situation revealed today, hours before a prime-time TV announcement that will ignite a fierce confirmation battle.

Trump spent the weekend at his New Jersey golf resort mulling over his final decision, but said that he was down to four candidates who still had a chance of being invited to the White House for their national televised coming out party on Monday night.

Ahead of the decision, Trump has built suspense about whom his pick will be.

Even if all 49 members of the Democratic caucus united to oppose the nominee they would still need at least one Republican to join them to block the nomination. And they were the only Democratic senators who supported Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, last year.

Stephanopoulos also asked Leo about an argument by some Democrats, including Blumenthal, that no new justice should be appointed until after special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is finished because it would be improper for the president to nominate someone who may have jurisdiction over the probe.

Outside groups on both sides of the aisle are expected to apply enormous pressure to the three senators as they look to sway them during what's expected to be the most expensive Supreme Court confirmation fight in history.

Departing Bedminster on Sunday afternoon, Trump told reporters he planned to make a decision Sunday evening or Monday.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told Trump he believes Kethledge and Hardiman might be easier for the Senate to confirm than either Kavanaugh or Barrett, The New York times reported, citing Republican officials briefed on the conversations.

Kethledge, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, is a former Kennedy clerk and a former in-house lawyer at Ford Motor Co. But her brief time on the bench has raised questions about her experience.

Alabama, before Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore, had not voted for a Democrat to the Senate since the early 1990s.

Kethledge, 51, sits on the Sixth Circuit appeals court.

Hardiman, 53, a judge on the federal court in Philadelphia, is less known in terms of his legal philosophy, but has roots in the working class that could make him attractive to the public. In a recent case involving abortion and immigration, he wrote a decision that temporarily barred a pregnant teenager in immigration custody from obtaining an abortion.

All of the four states were carried by Mr. Trump in 2016. That doesn't mean I'm going to vote 'yes.' It doesn't mean I'm going to vote 'no.' I think it's premature to say automatically - I'm not going to say automatically that I'm going to vote against any nominee that Donald Trump put out there.

Raymond Kethledge of MI, who also has many high-profile supporters who see him as a positive alternative to the other three. "We don't know who the nominee is going to be yet", Sen. I'm open to voting no.

"Certainly, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Barrett have a lot of name recognition among supporters of the president, and I think that ultimately, when people like them are nominated, you'll see a lot of folks line up", he said.

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