The most interesting late development in Trump's Supreme Court derby

The most interesting late development in Trump's Supreme Court derby

"Remember, the President ran on the Supreme Court issue and that greatly enthused voters", Leonard Leo, who is now on leave from the Federalist Society, where he helped craft Trump's list of candidates, said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday.

President Donald Trump is expected to make the Supreme Court announcement from the East Room of the White House at 9 p.m. ET Monday.

Valentino explained that she and Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be strong conservative choices. He is hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch past year.

Trump's success in confirming conservative judges, as well as a Supreme Court justice, has cheered Republicans amid concerns about his limited policy achievements and chaotic management style.

And with that, Thomas Hardiman - the judge who Trump passed over last year to install Neil Gorsuch to the seat once held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia last year - was back in play. He was said to be the leading contender in the days after Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement. He went to the University of Notre Dame as the first person in his family to go to college. But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions. A former aide to a Republican senator, Kethledge also previously worked as an in-house lawyer for Ford Motor Co.

Barrett - a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who became a federal appeals judge last fall - excited social conservatives with her testimony when she was questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings a year ago.

Barrett of IN, 46, serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

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Still, while Democrats believe they have an opening, Trump is betting on his method. "We're taking them out by the thousands. Jackson, a Navy rear admiral, denied the claims but withdrew his nomination . "Honestly, she is in the mid-60s", Trump said.

The Times says Trump has recently been asking associates about Hardiman, and has also been talking about Barrett and Kavanaugh. Though Kennedy is a conservative, he was often a swing vote on big decisions, such as same-sex marriage, abortion and affirmative action.

"Well, it's still - let's say it's the four people".

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) spoke out about this concern on the air with Fox News on Sunday.

The president on Sunday afternoon, as he was returning to the White House from his New Jersey golf resort, indicated he was still choosing from the four finalists. Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

While the president has been pondering his choice, his aides have been preparing for what is expected to be a tough confirmation fight. "And I expect we will do that on sort of a normal timetable, a couple of months".

"This president has been more involved and more transparent than any other president in modern history", he said on "America's Newsroom" Monday, noting that Trump was the first president to release a list of potential nominees.

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