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08 July 2018, 04:41 | Erica Roy
US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Sources tell FOX News and CNN that Judge Thomas Michael Hardiman of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals is now a rising candidate to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Citing a White House official, Axiosreported that the person that Trump ultimately picks will be "who he feels most comfortable with in a personal setting".
But Shapiro also noted that the judge has made no especially controversial rulings on hot-button issues like abortion or LGBTQ rights, and that a majority of his written opinions deal with reviewing the decisions of government agencies.
Trump, who conducted interviews with seven candidates earlier this week for the lifetime post on the top US judicial body, is expected to announce his decision on Monday.
Top contenders Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh.
One Trump adviser said the president is unlikely to expand his list in the coming days but could follow up by phone with some of the candidates, all of whom have been asked to fill out disclosure forms dealing with their finances and conduct.
Pence met with Kethledge and Coney Barrett while in IN earlier this week, then sat down with Kavanaugh in Washington on Wednesday.
President Trump is then expected to reveal his choice Monday during a prime-time announcement at 9:00pm. "President Trump and I had a solid discussion about the Supreme Court vacancy". Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen.
The source told Reuters that Amy Coney Barrett of IN, a judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was still IN contention but that the Republican president had been asking more questions about the other two, who have more extensive judicial records. After all, who knows better that a judge's job is to apply the law as it is - and not to legislate from the bench - than someone who was previously a legislator himself? The list was by and large the intellectual brainchild of the Federalist Society, the association of conservative lawyers. Paul and Cruz are supporting fellow Sen.
"We've looked at that scenario for years", Cathi Herrod, Arizona's leading crusader against abortion, said in a phone interview Friday.
Trump called Schumer on Tuesday afternoon for a Supreme Court-centred conversation that lasted less than five minutes, according to a person familiar with the call. John McCain away from Washington, any GOP defections could begin to imperil a nominee.
In The Washington Post, Gonzales pushed back against the criticism of Kavanaugh's past decisions, as well as the suggestion that his time in Bush's administration as staff secretary in the executive office marks him as an "establishment" Republican.
Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mold of Gorsuch. Kethledge, of MI, is a judge on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor, she serves on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told Coney Barrett past year during her confirmation hearing in an exchange about the judge's Catholic faith - a comment that was roundly criticized by religious leaders. Kavanaugh serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
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