Trump mulls Supreme Court choice from 2 or 3 candidates

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

As the President vets candidates who could become his next Supreme Court justice nominee, Trump's level of comfort with each candidate is a key factor, according to Axios.

White House officials close to the USA president say personality will be as important a factor as politics in the decision, a strategy Mr Trump has taken with previous high-profile appointments. McCaskill, a centrist Democrat who broke with her other red state colleagues by voting against Neil Gorsuch a year ago, insists that she has not already made up her mind to vote "no" against retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's successor. "We're going to do it at 9 p.m.in the White House", he told reporters. "That's a big deal".

But most news reports of late have focused on these three, 53-year-old Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington; 51-year-old Raymond Kethledge from the appeals court based in Cincinnati; and 46-year-old Amy Coney Barrett from the appeals court in Chicago. "In both cases, however, I believe he made important errors".

However, compared to the other candidates on Trump's short list, Hardiman's overall ideological views are more moderate. "I do not think that the majority's references to the jury's moral judgment are necessary to resolve this case", wrote Judge Eric Clay, who came to the same conclusion upholding Gabrion's death sentence, but wrote separately specifically to object to Kethledge's sweeping moral reasoning.

Trump, he added, is expected to announce his pick on Monday or sooner. Vice President Mike Pence would serve as the tiebreaker if the votes are split. And I will devote all my energies to ensuring that we confirm the kind of Supreme Court justice America needs: "a justice who says what the law is, not what she wants it to be; a justice who calls balls and strikes instead of swinging for the fences; a justice whose foremost allegiance is to the American people and to the Constitution".

Brett Kavanaugh, 53, now serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. He has two Yale degrees and first rose to prominence for his involvement in the investigation led by Ken Starr into then-President Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Trump said he knew that Kennedy was retiring six months before the justice made his exit public.

"ROE V. WADE is the untold story of how people lied, how the media lied, and how the courts were manipulated to pass a law that has since killed over 60 Million Americans", reads the page seeking funds for the film.

The president nominated a total of 143 judges to date. Only one of those, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is a woman and she has picked up support from some social conservatives in particular. Her nomination to the 7th Circuit drew questions from many Democrats, and ultimately only three Democrats voted in favor of her confirmation.

"Republicans are trying to say that [a judge] being on this list doesn't mean they'll overturn Roe v. Wade - but that was the point of the list in the first place", one Democrat tells TIME. "The dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern", Feinstein said of Barrett. It's also possible he could be trying to nudge Trump toward picking Barrett.

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