Trump Narrows Supreme Court Search to Three Front-Runners

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As Trump weighs his options, he has heard from Sen.

The meetings took place in recent days, according to a person familiar with the search process. Any GOP defections could begin to doom a nominee.

Pro-life activists are particularly enamored with U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, while the head of the American Conservative Union prefers Judge Brett Kavanaugh, another appeals court jurist. "His opinions are so well-written and so brilliant", Trump said in an interview. These are very talented people, brilliant people and I think you're going to really love it, like Justice [Neil] Gorsuch.

The White House says Trump has spoken to seven candidates.

Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the Republican Convention, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Augusta, Maine.

Barrett, 46, is now on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals after being nominated by Trump in mid-2017 and confirmed in October.

Democrats and liberal groups are preparing an extensive campaign aimed at convincing moderate Republican senators that the vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee will determine the future abortion rights in America.

Others close to Trump said a variety of factors was on the president's radar beyond the candidates' interpretation of the law, such as their educational profiles, personal backgrounds and rapport with him in interviews - leaving most Trump allies wary of making predictions. The president said he would meet with Vice President Mike Pence over the weekend and then announce his choice at the White House at 9 p.m. on Monday, July 9.

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The statement signed by the president added "I consulted with the Council of State by submitting the names and curricula vitae of the nominees for appointment to the Supreme Court". Some also raised concern about his approach to the Affordable Care Act.

The official said the president will announce the pick Monday evening, in an event likely similar to his unveiling of Gorsuch, followed by an aggressive P.R. pitch from the West Wing.

Dawn Laguens, the Executive Vice President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said at a press conference in D.C. Thursday that any Supreme Court nominee must be held to the "higher standard" of agreeing that women have a right to abortion and contraception as well as affirming LGBT rights.

As with the other Judges on Trump's short list, Judge Raymond Kethledge appears on the list of roughly twenty-five candidates that the White House first put out during the course of the campaign and later updated after the election.

On a call with associates on Monday, Cruz warned that Kavanaugh is the sort of "unreliable" jurist by whom Republicans have been disappointed in the past, and he has worked to bolster the prospects of his colleague, Sen. Spence Abraham, who hired Kethledge as a young staffer in the 1990s. Before joining the bench, she was a professor at Notre Dame Law School, her alma mater, and two decades ago, clerked for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Barrett was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School in Metairie and St. Mary's Dominican High in New Orleans. The Senate confirmed him in May 2006. Mike Lee of Utah to replace retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

She has clerked for Scalia and David B. Sentelle, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

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