The Republican leader in the Senate is trying to steer Donald Trump away from picking a Supreme Court justice open to overturning abortion rights, fearing that the most controversial choice could provoke a bitter confirmation battle.
"This is a nightmare for red-state Democrats to oppose a highly qualified nominee, and all four of these people are highly qualified-been on the court, know what they're doing, mainstream judges", Mr. The White House has been preparing information materials on all four, who were part of a longer list of 25 names vetted by conservative groups.
The first two are the top contenders for the position, the report said.
"I'm getting close to making a final decision and I believe the person will do a great job", he told reporters before boarding Air Force One to travel back to Washington from his New Jersey golf club. Trump finally nominated judge Neil Gorsuch. "Every one you can't go wrong".
Battle lines have been drawn over the future of abortion in America on the eve of President Trump's nomination of a second justice to the U.S. supreme court that could put the landmark 1973 ruling Roe v Wade in jeopardy.
Judge Raymond Kethledge of MI, who serves on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is seen in this 2017 photo released by Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.in New York, New York, U.S., July 6, 2018.
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". "The whole list is extraordinary", he said. I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here. "And I think we can take this call to action to the American people, take our case to them. 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".
Ilyse Hogue, president of the pro-abortion organization Naral, told Fox News Sunday that Trump had changed the rules of the game.