Trump Narrows SCOTUS Choices To Three

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On Election Day 2016, a fifth of all voters said the Supreme Court was their No. 1 voting issue - and majority voted for Trump, says Mallory Quigley, spokesperson for the Susan B. Anthony List, which supports antiabortion candidates and lobbies on behalf of law and policy restricting abortion rights.

As Trump weighs his options, he has heard from Sen. Of course, President Trump could head to twitter and make the announcement at any time. Any GOP defections could begin to doom a nominee.

In recent days, Collins has said she wouldn't vote for someone who wants to overturn the decision on the right to choose, which she considers settled law - but has sent mixed signals about how far she will push to find out where a nominee stands since she also said she wouldn't ask for any nominee's personal opinion on any specific issue.

The three are Judges Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge with Kavanaugh and Barrett as the top two at the moment.

Trump said he was honored that Kennedy chose to retire during his term. "We're going to give you a great one".

Trump, who conducted interviews with seven candidates earlier this week for a spot on the top USA 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 pm EDT on Monday ( IST 6.30 am on Tuesday).

Debates over Kavanaugh's work with Bush and rulings he has made on health care and abortion continued to churn Thursday as critics urged the president to shy away from a judge with an establishment Republican pedigree. Mike Lee (R-Utah). Sen. He clerked for Sam Alito when the Supreme Court justice was on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit.

Kavanaugh serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Trump is expected to announce his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday.

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While at Bedminster, Trump will have dinner Friday with Vice President Mike Pence.

Paul has told colleagues that he may not vote for Kavanaugh if the judge is nominated, citing Kavanaugh's role during the Bush administration on cases involving executive privilege and the disclosure of documents to Congress, said the person familiar with Paul's conversations who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Air Force One landed at Newark Airport at 11:33 p.m. on Trump's return to New Jersey, according to White House pool reports.

Kethledge's record shows that in his case, the answer is a resounding yes. Some also raised concern about his approach to the Affordable Care Act. He has said he will announce a candidate on Monday.

Green added that any red-state Democrats who "start leaving the reservation and actively march in another direction" on Trump's Supreme Court nominee, "that by necessity will take energy away from pressuring Republicans".

Mr. Trump's misleading statements to the news media, his miasma of tweets and his protracted public debate over whether to speak with Mr. Mueller could all be used against him, even if the special counsel declines to accuse the president of obstruction of justice.

But Trump is not rushing toward Coney Barrett with the same fervour, according to two people close to the president.

There have also been lobbying efforts around other candidates.

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