President Trump to Make Choice on SCOTUS Nominee on July 9

Katie Ramirez
July 1, 2018

Among the candidates he's considering are two women, and he told reporters that he might meet with candidates over a golf weekend.

"That's not a question I'll be asking them", he said. Trump passed over Hardiman in favor of Neil Gorsuch, who has proven to be reliably conservative in his tenure so far and has been a key vote in numerous controversial 5-4 decisions, including the decision to uphold the president's travel ban.

He said Democratic senators running for reelection in conservative states, like West Virginia and in, face a "lose-lose" scenario: Risk angering their base voters by supporting Trump's pick, or vote no and harm their chances among the Republicans and moderates they still need to win.

In a tweet Saturday, Trump said that he would make his nomination to replace Kennedy "on the first Monday after the July 4th Holiday, July 9th!"

Furthermore, of the court's four liberals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Justice Stephen Breyer turns 80 this summer, meaning that Trump could have the chance to fill more openings.

Lee is on Trump's initial list of possible Supreme Court picks.

Trump has made his intentions and vision for the United States very clear from the beginning.

Leonard Leo, who is taking a leave of absence as executive vice president of the Federalist Society to serve as an outside adviser in the selection process, said Trump "wants to move swiftly and I think that probably means in the next two or three weeks".

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"The fact that there's a modest enthusiasm disadvantage isn't all that meaningful because there's already an enthusiasm gap for Republicans", he said, noting Democratic anger towards Trump.

Trump responded to questions about potentional nominees, including federal judges Brett M Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, as well as US Senator Mike Lee from Utah.

Trump has promised to draw the next justice from a list of 25 prospective candidates that was first established during the 2016 presidential campaign and updated last fall.

Hardiman and Thapar were among the group interviewed by Trump before he selected Neil Gorsuch for a vacancy a year ago.

Trump's July 9 time frame could prove optimistic.

White House aide Marc Short said on MSNBC that the White House hoped for a Senate confirmation vote in September.

Barrett and Thapar were both appointed by Trump to their current federal appeals court posts. Also attending were Republican Charles Grassley and Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp.

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