Ky. Judge Not On Top 3 List For Supreme Court Position

Ky. Judge Not On Top 3 List For Supreme Court Position

Ky. Judge Not On Top 3 List For Supreme Court Position

McConnell was originally hopeful that Trump would select Amul Thapar, a federal appeals court judge who was previously on the bench in Kentucky, but has concluded that the president is unlikely to name him.

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

"The Republicans control the votes in the Senate, but we have the American people on our side", he said. McCaskill, a centrist Democrat who broke with her other red state colleagues by voting against Neil Gorsuch previous year, insists that she has not already made up her mind to vote "no" against retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's successor. The US President interviewed seven candidates from his master list of 25 judges, the White House said. Kethledge, 51, is a judge for the Cincinnati, Ohio-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, while Hardiman, 52, serves on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals - also appointed by Bush.

While careful not to directly make the case for any would-be justice, McConnell, R-Ky., made clear in multiple phone calls with Trump and White House counsel Don McGahn that the lengthy paper trail of another top contender, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, would pose difficulties for his confirmation.

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Roy Blunt said they see smooth sailing ahead for Trump's nominee.

But Trump himself has said he wants to put people on the court who support overturning the landmark 1973 decision that granted women the constitutional right to have an abortion.

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

In the course of the 2016 election, Trump made changing the face of the United States supreme court a key campaign pledge that was instrumental in firing up his base of right-wing conservative voters. "The whole list is extraordinary", he said.

"If you look at what the president said, which is he will nominate someone only if that person is committed to automatically overturn Roe v. Wade, if you look at what the president said about John Roberts, his berating Roberts for failing to strike down the Affordable Care Act, he certainly has criteria", he said.

"I'll have a decision made in my mind by Sunday". For Democrats to take back the Senate in November, McCaskill's party would need to hold all of their 26 seats up for election and win two of the nine Republican seats in play.

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

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