Trump adviser dodges Roe v. Wade question on Supreme Court pick

Glen Norman
July 9, 2018

The president is set to announce his Supreme Court nominee on Monday night.

Trump is known to have interviewed at least seven candidates for the post, all drawn from the Federalist Society longlist.

Trump did not name who the finalists are but pundits have suggested there four who likely made the cut: Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

He said Kavanaugh would be his top choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.


Amul Thapar is the US' first Article III judge of South Asian descent. "They're good judges. I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court".

Before boarding Air Force One en route to Washington, Trump said he was considering four people and that of those under consideration, "you can't go wrong".

A leading Democratic senator suggested that President Donald Trump is making himself "a puppet" by selecting a Supreme Court nominee from a list compiled by conservative groups.

Graham said. "So red-state Democrats are going to have a very hard decision, and I hope every Republican will rally around these picks, because they're all outstanding".


Trump has teased details of his process in recent days, saying Thursday that he was down to four people and "of the four people, I have it down to three or two". I've argued cases before the Supreme Court for them.

"I think we can confirm any of the four names being mentioned", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press". All but one of the 25 people on the list are members of The Federalist Society, a national organization of conservative lawyers, and there's a clear pattern to judicial nominees being fed by the group: They are young, conservative and have records of being very opposed to abortion rights.

He said he believes that any of the four candidates on the short list will dismantle Roe v. Wade and other hard-fought rights.

In his conversations over the weekend, Trump expressed renewed interest in Hardiman - the runner-up when Trump nominated Gorsuch, said two people with knowledge of his thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly.


The New York Times on Sunday reported that the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, was strongly urging Trump to opt for either Hardiman or Kethledge on grounds that the other two might be impossible to get confirmed.

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