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Pres. Trump: 'Very Close' To Making Final Supreme Court Pick

Pres. Trump: 'Very Close' To Making Final Supreme Court Pick

On the other hand, Trump's base loves a good fight. Luther Strange, cutting the GOP's Senate majority to 51-49.

On the Democratic side, the focus will be on Sens. Trump plans to reveal his choice Monday night from the White House.

"I was lucky. My mum was a teacher in the 1960s and 1970s, she taught history at two largely African American public high schools in Washington DC, McKinlay Tech and HD Woodson", Judge Kavanaugh said. "I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here and I expect we'll do that on sort of a normal timetable of a couple of months".

MARTIN: NPR's Sarah McCammon joins us now in studio to talk about the president's choice.

SARAH MCCAMMON, BYLINE: Hey, Rachel. He is an evangelical Christian whose book, Lead Yourself First, uses President Dwight Eisenhower, primatologist Jane Goodall, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr. and others as examples of "leaders who have used solitude to function more effectively". Kavanaugh has an extensive paper trail that could potentially enable Democrats to stretch the confirmation beyond the 2018 midterm election. Before joining the federal court, Hardiman practiced law in Pittsburgh. But a couple of concerns have arisen. Also, just a lot of material for vetters to go through. The opinion, written for a three-judge panel, was eventually overturned by the full court.

Ahead of the announcement, the president spent time Sunday at his golf club with Fox News Host Sean Hannity, who favors Barrett according to people familiar with their meeting, The Times reported.

Leo, who had helped Trump compile the original list of nominees, said that he would pick Kavanaugh, with Kethledge and Barrett a close second.

Barrett, who is 46, has less of a judicial record to review, having just been nominated to the appeals court by Trump past year. Dianne Feinstein questioned her membership in a religiously conservative group. "He takes the case before him and looks at the facts and precedents, but without imposing an overarching view of the law", Arthur Hellman, a University of Pittsburgh law professor to the Los Angeles Times.

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Casey says he is "pro-life", but regularly sides with supporters of abortion rights in Senate votes.

MCCAMMON: At the same time, as I said, you know, Barrett's very popular with religious conservatives. He is also a George W. Bush appointment to the federal bench.

"A year and a half ago, I said it was a top priority", he said about confirming judges, "and it remains so".

MARTIN: So who's left on the president's short list? He has another potential advantage: he serves with Judge Maryanne Trump Barry - the president's sister - on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. He's been vetted before.

Over the weekend, Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, reportedly told Trump that Kethledge and Hardiman likely face the fewest obstacles in the confirmation process. So it's in the president's interest to pick someone who can be confirmed quickly.

Jennings said, "It became clear to him that one of the things he could do is set up the next president to remake the judiciary".

MARTIN: What's the timeline from there?


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