Trump has chosen his Supreme Court nominee, source says
President Trump has decided on his nominee for the Supreme court, information sources with knowledge of the search told Fox News, though the name of the pick still is not known.
The finalists are believed to be four federal magistrates: Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.
Trump said he will publicly announce his choice to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat Monday night.
“I have long heard that the most important decision a U.S. President can stimulate is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice – Will be announced tonight at 9:00 P.M, ” the president tweeted.
Republicans and Democrat are gearing up for a combative verification process, as Republican hold a slim majority in the Senate and liberals carry fear that Trump’s pick could join the conservatives on the court to someday overturn the Roe v. Wade decision.
In order for a Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed, he or she needs to receive a simple majority of 51 votes.
Ahead of the announcement, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y ., blasted the involvement of the conservative Federalist Society’s Leonard Leo, who helped the president compile his list of possibilities justices.
“Mr. Leonard Leo is the man who assembled Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees and no one , no one, has is becoming more dedicated to overturning Roe v. Wade than Leonard Leo, ” Schumer said.
The conservative Judicial Crisis Network made clear Monday they consider this fight even more substantial than the one to corroborate Justice Neil Gorsuch.
“This is an even bigger oppose than the one to get now-Justice Gorsuch corroborated and therefore the budget will be at least $10 million to confirm the president’s next great justice, ” Carrie Severino, chief attorney with JCN, said in a statement to Fox News.
For starters, Judicial Crisis Network is launching a $1.4 million ad buy on national cable and digital, with a particular focus on four states: Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia. The ad ought to be able to feature an introductory bio on the president’s yet-to-be-named Supreme Court nominee.
The campaign is set to launch “as soon as the nominee is announced, ” according to Judicial Crisis Network.
Meanwhile, liberal groups are already pressuring moderate senators to repudiate Trump’s eventual pick.
“This will be a 50 -state campaign. Our members are fired up, our phones are ringing off the hook, and we are ready to fight this fight, ” NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue lately told reporters.
Liberal groups are not only pressuring vulnerable Democrat like North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly to oppose Trump’s pick, but are targeting moderate Republican female Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, who have supported abortion rights.
Sources who talked to Trump Sunday morning told Fox News that the president’s top two options are Kavanaugh and Hardiman, though a GOP source said late Sunday that Barrett still has a good chance of being the pick.
Hardiman was the runner-up when Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia last year. He also has a personal connection to the president, having served with Trump’s sister on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman, Samuel Chamberlain and Kaitlyn Schallhorn contributed to this report .