Dems target 2 GOP Senate moderates in Supreme Court fight

Maine Sen. Susan Collins won’t support any Supreme Court nominee looking to overturn Roe v. Wade

And I think of the four people, I have it down to three or two, " Trump said.

"I am interviewing some extraordinarily talented and brilliant people and I'm very, very happy with them and we will pick somebody who will be outstanding, hopefully for many years to come", Trump said Thursday. Those three, along with Amul Thapar, also in the 6th Circuit, were interviewed by the President on Monday. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who is not said to be under serious consideration by the White House but is the only lawmaker Trump has considered for the position.

Trump's choice, if confirmed by the Senate, would replace Kennedy, who last week announced his retirement, effective July 31.

Trump, who conducted interviews with seven candidates earlier this week for a spot on the top US judicial body, told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to a rally in Montana that he would make a decision by Sunday and announce it at 9 p.m. EDT on Monday. Vice President Mike Pence would serve as the tiebreaker if the votes are split.

Judging from the comments of TV pundits and news reporters, the betting seems strong that Trump will wind up choosing Judge Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge who sits on the District of Columbia circuit.

As Trump's list tightened, there was some internal concern that the president's options could be narrowed by the public outcry — particularly what had appeared to be mounting conservative reservations about Kavanaugh. The person did not specify which candidates Pence met with and spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday to describe the private search process.

Wong said her group was planning marches, rallies and "massive civil disobedience" and said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., should press all Democrats to oppose Trump's nominee.

Despite Trump's suspicion of anyone with closely-held ties to the Bush family, he has suggested that he wants a nominee with degrees from an Ivy League like Harvard or Yale.

Cruz said President George H.W. Bush's selection of liberal David Souter was "one of the most consequential errors of his presidency". He cited former justices William Brennan, John Paul Stevens and Harry Blackmun, who authored the Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's right to abortion.

They argue that the elected president is empowered by the Constitution to nominate Supreme Court justices - and that he should be granted some latitude to do so. A former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor, she serves on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Kethledge, of MI, serves on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Trump's choice to replace Kennedy - a swing vote on the nine-member court - has the potential to remake the court for a generation as part of precedent-shattering decisions.

In the budding battle royale over the Supreme Court vacancy, what's the Democratic sweet spot between satisfying liberal activists' demands for an all-out fight against President Donald Trump's pick and protecting senators facing tight re-election races in deeply red states?

Both Kavanaugh and Kethledge have lengthy conservative judicial records.

During the confirmation process, Senate Democrats questioned Barrett about her Catholicism and past writings in which she said Catholic judges were in a "legal bind" in cases related to abortion and the death penalty.

Previewing Democrats' strategy, a collection of liberal groups said Thursday that Trump's nominee must explicitly endorse the rights to abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage and voice support for Obama's health care statute. Susan Collins of ME or Alaska's Lisa Murkowski to vote "no", which many view as hard.

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