Trump Zeros in on Supreme Court Pick

Things to know about abortion and the Supreme Court

She could literally lose five votes (e.g., two Republicans and three Democrats) and still be confirmed to the Supreme Court.

"I think I have it down to four people". "President Trump and I had a solid discussion about the Supreme Court vacancy".

With the deadline fast approaching, Trump has reportedly whittled his 25-name list down to a shortlist of three: appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, and Amy Coney Barrett.

Trump is not naming names, but says he'll decide by the weekend and announce his pick Monday night at 8PM CST. Like Donnelly, she also met with Trump after Kennedy's retirement, where they discussed the court vacancy, which was right after Trump railed against her during a rally in North Dakota with her challenger, Rep. Kevin Cramer. Rand Paul of Kentucky, about the process. As a candidate, Trump said he would nominate justices who would reverse Roe, and he has worked to repeal and weaken the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. And she recently made it through the confirmation process, with the Senate approving her nomination to be an appeals court judge in October. Any GOP defections could begin to doom a nominee.

The senator also told the president he could unify the country by nominating Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's choice for the Supreme Court who was blocked by Republicans in 2016.

"Mitch McConnell may try to push for a vote in the Senate and use the nuclear option (a simple majority of 51 votes instead of 60 votes)".

Falwell insisted only that Trump make his next selection from the list of prospective nominees he released before his election.

The President conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates.

Other senators have indicated they, too, could be on the fence if Trump picks someone considered to be an ideologue with zealous opinions on divisive issues. He's still taking input, making calls to Capitol Hill, the official said.

Although President Trump has promised to appoint a conservative justice to the Supreme Court-one who could overturn Roe vs. Wade if given the opportunity-he might need to compromise and find a candidate who is more moderate, according to a West Virginia University law professor.

Collins, one of the few Republicans who supports access to abortion, said that the nominee's record and history with the subject will be a major component of whether or not she supports them. He said the White House has hosted roughly two dozen similar meetings since then in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House.

"Two issues of ... profound effect, which could well defeat a nominee who opposes them, are the fate of affordable health care and a woman's freedom to make the most sensitive medical decisions about her body", he wrote in a New York Times op-ed Monday.

Trump is hoping to replicate his successful nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year. He also pointed to former justices William Brennan, John Paul Stevens and Harry Blackmun, the latter of whom wrote the Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's right to abortion.

Lee, he said, would be a "sure thing". His wife, before they were married, served as personal secretary to President George W. Bush at the same time Kavanaugh was in the White House.

His pick could end up shifting the court's ideological tilt for years to come. Kethledge, a Michigan Law graduate, would add academic diversity to a court steeped in the Ivy League.

That source, along with another person familiar with the negotiations, said the president gave strong indications that he prefers D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Barrett was confirmed by the Senate to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals just a year ago.

The Reagan-appointed Kennedy was long seen as a swing vote, but was lately a reliable conservative vote, including the decision upholding the Administration's travel ban, and the striking down of a California abortion law.

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