Trump still pondering Supreme Court pick as big reveal nears

Conservatives see Kethledge as 'Gorsuch 2.0'

The position will be left vacant by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who had acted as the swing vote on many critical issues including abortion.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee that holds hearings on Supreme Court nominees, told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that Trump has "outsourced" his decision to the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. The President interviewed seven candidates from his master-list of 25 judges, the White House said.

Top contenders for the role have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

Per Phillips' report, one student said that he saw the pick "all over the news" and that the selection is someone who is racist.

Mr. Thapar was on the shortlist of candidates after Judge Antonin Scalia died in 2016. McCaskill, a centrist Democrat who broke with her other red state colleagues by voting against Neil Gorsuch past year, insists that she has not already made up her mind to vote "no" against retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's successor.

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Kavanaugh is said to have the inside track within the White House, including the support of White House Counsel Don McGahn, who's supervising the search. "But I'm getting very close to making a final decision". This will be 6.30 am IST, 10 July. I think they're all outstanding.

"I think in regards to Kethledge and Tom Hardiman they are a little less known by conservatives and their records are a little bit lighter so it might take some time", Leo told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. Those are very terrific people. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "The whole list is extraordinary", he said.

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

The New York Times on Sunday reported that the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, was strongly urging Trump to opt for either Hardiman or Kethledge on grounds that the other two might be impossible to get confirmed.

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