A quick look at the "final four" Supreme Court candidates

A quick look at the

A quick look at the "final four" Supreme Court candidates

Trump has indicated that his nominee will come from a list of extreme conservative ideologues that was put together with the assistance of the Federalist Society. Multiple sources told ABC News that as of Sunday, the final four individuals Trump was considering for the vacancy were Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman, all federal appeals court judges.

More than the other potential nominees, Hardiman has a strong record in favor of gun rights.

Even if all 49 members of the Democratic caucus united to oppose the nominee they would still need at least one Republican to join them to block the nomination. With Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on sick leave, a single "no" vote by a Republican could ruin the confirmation.

Neil Gorsuch, 50, who was appointed by Mr Trump a year ago, is already one of the most conservative of the court's nine justices. Ten Democrats from states that Trump won are up for re-election this fall and will be under tremendous pressure to back the president's nominee. "So red-state Democrats are going to have a very hard decision".

The Supreme Court, sitting atop one of the three branches of American government, "has grown in importance over the past few decades", Burrus said.

President Donald Trump nominated Barrett, and the Senate confirmed her on October 31, 2017, to the federal bench. "I don't think my role is to rubber-stamp for the president, but it's also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either". Kavanaugh would be the second appointment under Trump, further cementing a conservative-leaning Supreme Court. He then introduced Kavanaugh, who shook hands with Trump before standing with his wife and two daughters. Kavanaugh has an extensive paper trail that could potentially enable Democrats to stretch the confirmation beyond the 2018 midterm election. His boosters, sensing this weekend that Hardiman could be ascending on the president's list, have been busy making phone calls to friends in Trump's inner circle.

Leo said that rallying Democrats on the issue of Roe v. Wade is a "scare tactic". There's no way to sugarcoat it: with this nomination, the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is on the line. Previously, Collins voted for Gorsuch because of his belief in the significance of precedent. Many, including Leo, believe that it was a major contributing factor to his victory in 2016.

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The nominee, a District of Columbia appeals court judge, is a former adviser to ex-President George W Bush. But she famously clashed with Senator Dianne Feinstein during her confirmation hearing past year to be an appeals court judge.

The 53-year-old Kavanaugh, who clerked for Kennedy and who now sits on the USA court of appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court, emphasized in his remarks accepting the nomination the importance of judicial independence.

Valentino explained that she and Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be strong conservative choices. The Supreme Court nominee argued in the past that President Bill Clinton could have been impeached for lying to and misleading both his staff and the public at large.

"A year and a half ago, I said it was a top priority", he said about confirming judges, "and it remains so". A year ago that seat was filled by Neil Gorsuch.

Trump planned to announce his pick Monday night.

The choice was down to four people, he said, adding that "you can't go wrong" with any of them.

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