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Pence meets with contenders for Supreme Court

Pence meets with contenders for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump interviewed three more prospective Supreme Court justices Tuesday as his White House mobilizes to select a replacement for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

"I think he's absolutely brilliant, with the right temperament", McConnell said Saturday, but added that he had no idea whom Trump will pick.

Paul has told colleagues he may not vote for Kavanaugh if the judge is nominated, citing Kavanaugh's role during President George W. Bush's administration on cases involving executive privilege and the disclosure of documents to Congress, said a person familiar with Paul's conversations who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump did say that Vice President Mike Pence will be joining him in Bedminster as would some unnamed White House staff.

Donald Trump is searching for an "all-American" with a "central casting image" to be his Supreme Court nominee as he adopts an Apprentice-style approach to the task.

Speaking at a Salute to Service event on Tuesday night, the president addressed the topic of finding a Supreme Court justice to replace Kennedy, whose retirement announcement last week has prompted discussions about how Trump could influence the Supreme Court for decades to come.

Other senators have indicated they, too, could be on the fence if Trump picks someone considered to be an ideologue with zealous opinions on divisive issues. Paul's objections echo those made by outside conservative groups over Kavanaugh, who is seen as a top contender for the vacancy but who activists warn is too much of an establishment-aligned choice.

But despite the activity focused on the confirmation fight, Trump was still soliciting the views of aides and advisers Friday. All he has to do is make up his mind.

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"I think I have it down to four people". That's according to a person familiar with Trump's thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Conservatives and some libertarian-leaning Republicans, including Sen. Rand Paul about the process. Many of them admire the jurisprudence of Justice Clarence Thomas, who has called for the demolition of a series of bedrock constitutional doctrines from the last 70 years. Hardiman has some notable opinions in his 11 years on the appeals court that could appeal to Trump, including upholding strip searches of jail inmates, even those arrested on minor charges, backing collection of genetic evidence from people at the time of their arrest, and dissenting from a ruling that upheld gun regulations in New Jersey.

Trump said he expects the coming confirmation process will be "very vicious", blaming Democrats for, in his words, being interested only in blocking his agenda and nominees. And with the ailing Arizona Sen.

To counter that, Kavanaugh's allies have begun pushing back, reaching out to influential Republicans to ward off potential criticisms, according to one conservative who was the recipient of such outreach and spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday to discuss the situation. Kethledge attended the University of MI for both undergraduate and law school.

Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mould of Gorsuch. A graduate of University of Michigan Law School, he clerked for Kennedy in the late 1990s and advised Republican Senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan. That could be a problem for Kethledge if what Trump really meant was that he wants an Ivy Leaguer, like the rest of the high court.

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 past year.

When the D.C. Circuit court voted in favor of a teen immigrant's right to terminate her pregnancy in 2017, Kavanaugh was one of three judges who wrote against the decision allowing her abortion.


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