Trump 'very close' to decision on Supreme Court pick

Trump 'very close' to decision on Supreme Court pick

Sen. Lindsey Graham says Republicans are holding "four lottery tickets" with President Trump's final short list of judges who could be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justice Kennedy, 81, recently announced his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court. Foreseeing inevitable news break-ins to offer coverage and analysis, broadcasters are rejiggering their primetime lineups so as to keep too much fresh summer fare from being preempted. "Three red-state Senate Democrats up for re-election this year voted to confirm Justice Gorsuch, and Mr. McConnell is hopeful they will support the next nominee", the Times's Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin wrote Saturday.

According to National Public Radio (NPR), he has reduced the names of the potential nominees to three judges - Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge.

Thapar was on the shortlist of candidates after judge Antonin Scalia died in 2016.

Trump during his campaign in 2016 said he would appoint justices who would overturn the landmark 1973 decision that said women have a constitutional right to an abortion.

Savoring the suspense, Trump has sought to keep people guessing in the final hours, hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year.

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Talking to reporters travelling with him to Montana overseas Air Force One, Trump said he had interviewed some "extraordinarily talented and brilliant" people during the process.

"We're going to do it at 9 pm in the White House", he said. This will be 6.30 am IST, 10 July. "If you're a conservative Republican, the four people named, particularly Thomas Hardiman, I'm glad he's on the list, are all winners, and every Republican should embrace these picks". "But I'm putting conservative people on". I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here. Those are very terrific people.

"I think the world of Brett Kavanaugh", John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation said on the Fox News "Sunday Morning Futures" program.

"It is extraordinary", Blumenthal said.

Trump had discussed the nomination with Vice President Mike Pence in Bedminster, New Jersey yesterday.

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