Amid July 8 television talk-show buzz about President Donald Trump's upcoming Supreme Court nominee announcement, Republicans expressed optimism that the Senate will confirm any of the likely candidates the president puts forth.
The choice could be made all the more hard for Casey if Trump nominates Thomas Hardiman, now serving as a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals which covers part of Pennsylvania, and who was first appointed to serve in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh in 2003.
"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", said Sen.
Trump has spent the weekend discussing his options with allies and will announce his pick at 9 p.m. EDT Monday from the White House. With the expected absence of Republican senator John McCain due to brain cancer, Republicans only have 50 votes.
The nomination is Trump's second to the nation's highest court, a rare presidential privilege that could seal a key part of Trump's legacy less than two years into his first term.
The president can move the court firmly to the right with his selection, with the four finalists believed to be four appeals court judges: Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett, and Thomas Hardiman.
"I'm not sure I'm leaning anywhere on those four nominees. They also said they'd been told the judge was in Washington, D.C., for a conference", the WSJ now reports. He said Sunday that he hoped to have made a decision by noon Monday.
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Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the majority leader, has tried to warn the president through gentle nudging that Hardiman and Kethledge would be the safest choices for confirmation. Kavanaugh has an extensive paper trail that could potentially enable Democrats to stretch the confirmation beyond the 2018 midterm election.
While the president has been pondering his pick, aides have been preparing for a tough confirmation fight. He added: "I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court".
"What matters is not a judge's political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require".
Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Collins and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.
Interested in Supreme Court?Many, including Leo, believe that it was a major contributing factor to his victory in 2016. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.
Kethledge serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio. Barrett has excited social conservatives since she was questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings past year, but her brief time on the bench has raised questions. He also worked on independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton.
Hardiman holds a consistently conservative voting record. Hardiman was counted as a front runner during last year's nomination that ultimately went to Gorsuch.
"I've never seen a president of the United States, in effect, make himself a puppet of outside groups and choose from a group of right-wing fringe ideologues that are prepared on this list", Blumenthal said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. Every one, you can't go wrong.
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