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Donald Trump still pondering Supreme Court pick as big reveal nears

10 July 2018

US President Donald Trump is still deliberating on Supreme Court pick. He expressed renewed interest in Hardiman - the runner-up when Trump nominated Gorsuch, said two people with knowledge of his thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly.

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"This is a nightmare for red-state Democrats to oppose a highly qualified nominee, and all four of these people are highly qualified, been on the court, know what they're doing, mainstream judges", Graham said. "Every one. You can't go wrong". In the presidential debates he vowed to appoint only justices committed to "automatically" overturning Roe v Wade, the precedent which affirmed abortion as legal until the age of viability of the fetus, normally put at 23 or 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Responding on "Outnumbered", Lisa Boothe said Blumenthal represents a blue state and will be fiercely opposed to whomever Trump chooses.

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"They're good judges", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press". "I'm very confident with this president's enthusiasm and with Leader McConnell's enthusiasm that they can get anybody confirmed". An official said Thursday that Trump had completed his scheduled interviews for potential nominees.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly told Trump that the judges presenting the fewest obstacles to confirmation are Raymond Kethledge of the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Thomas Hardiman of the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

McConnell reportedly told Trump that Kavanaugh, a former assistant and staff secretary to former President George W. Bush, has an extensive paper trail that could help Democrats prolong the nomination process.

The president is said to be leaning toward Hardiman. And as Sally Ayhan reports, the decision could leave his mark on the Supreme Court for decades. "And after that 36-year period, we only have a single individual on the court who has expressly said he would overturn Roe", said Leo.

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Since Kennedy declared his retirement almost two weeks ago, conservative groups have been gearing up for a battle of a lifetime as Democrats vow to do everything possible to block President Trump's choice. Susan Collins of ME, who has expressed disquiet about the nomination of a judge who might overturn Roe v. Wade. Kethledge, 51, is a judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Barrett, in her mid-40s, is a judge for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; she was nominated by Trump.

While Kethledge and Hardiman may be easier to confirm, Barrett and Kavanaugh have the biggest name recognition among conservatives. As an attorney, Kavanaugh worked for the special counsel investigating former President Bill Clinton, who was eventually impeached, and also worked for the Bush campaign during the 2000 presidential election recount.

Hardiman is a "late addition" to Trump's final four, per the New York Times, but he was the runner-up to Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago. I'll be deciding tonight or tomorrow sometime by 12 o'clock, and we're all gonna be meeting at 9 o'clock.

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Donald Trump still pondering Supreme Court pick as big reveal nears