Chuck Schumer pushed Merrick Garland as Trump Supreme Court nominee

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On Monday, Trump interviewed for 45 minutes each federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amul Thapar, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

Schumer told Trump that such a choice would be "cataclysmic" and create more division than the country has seen in years, according to a person familiar with the conversation who said Trump called Schumer on Tuesday.

According to Roberts, the shortlist of main contenders has narrowed to Kavanaugh, Kethledge and Barrett, with Kethledge's stock "rising" in the past few days. Sen.

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.

Roberts said he'd rank Kavanaugh at the top right now, with Kethledge second and Barrett third.

Conservative groups, which have typically been more energised and focused on the issue of judicial nominees, are now being matched by a surge of progressive activism and spending aimed at senators whose votes could prove decisive.

Hardiman was one of two finalists to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia in 2017, but Trump chose Neil Gorsuch instead.

The senator's office confirmed that he spoke with President Trump on Monday - and while the White House made reference to the call, further details weren't disclosed by the administration.

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A NARAL-sponsored automated poll from Public Policy Polling released Thursday said some 63 percent of Pine Tree State voters do not want the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. His nominee must win Senate confirmation. Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, said: "Like Justice Gorsuch, all of the men and women on President Trump's judicial list are the best and brightest in their field".

Trump's nominee will replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his intention to retire last week after three decades on the high court.

Trump is choosing his nominee from a list of 25 candidates vetted by conservative groups.

"Her clarity and intellectual strength in the Senate hearings for her current judgeship showed an intellect and a depth of thought that would be powerful on the Supreme Court", Gingrich wrote.

Susan Collins will announce that she needs to take a careful look at Trump's choice. Citing a White House official, Axios reported that the person that Trump ultimately picks will be "who he feels most comfortable with in a personal setting". Trump said he met with four potential Supreme Court justices on Monday.

"The way we're looking at it is this: If we do a good enough job, we'll make it obvious enough that Collins or Murkowski will be the deciding vote on whether Roe v. Wade is overturned", one Democratic aide tells TIME, referring to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case on abortion.

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