Mitch McConnell is trying to talk President Trump out of nominating Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court because he's anxious that the judge's long tenure and ties to the Bush administration would run afoul of Rand Paul and derail the nomination, the New York Times reports.
"I'll have a decision made in my mind by Sunday".
Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Roy Blunt of Missouri said Sunday that they believe any of the top four contenders could get confirmed by the GOP-majority Senate. "Nobody really knows", he said.
The South Carolina senator said Democrats from red states will have a hard time opposing any of those judges.
Asked by anchor George Stephanopoulos about Democrats' fear that the candidate selected will be opposed to the 1973 ruling legalizing abortion, Leo brushed it off as a "scare tactic". A day later, Trump interviewed three other individuals.
Trump is said to have narrowed his potential SCOTUS nominees down to federal judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barret.
Chuck Schumer pushed Merrick Garland as Trump Supreme Court nominee
Hardiman was one of two finalists to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia in 2017 , but Trump chose Neil Gorsuch instead. Wade is overturned", one Democratic aide tells TIME , referring to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case on abortion.
Savoring the suspense, Trump has sought to keep people guessing in the final hours, hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year.
Democrats and pro-abortion groups stepped up their rhetoric on Sunday over the danger of Trump's second pick.
Blumenthal told Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that the public supports abortion rights.
"This next nomination will be the swing vote to overturn Roe v Wade and equally important to eviscerate the protections of millions of Americans who suffer from existing conditions and other healthcare rights along with workers' rights, gay rights, voting rights". "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". He namechecked Leo's Federalist Society and the rightwing Heritage Foundation.
But, interestingly in the piece, he makes references to the nominee as "her".
"If you look at what the president said, which is he will nominate someone only if that person is committed to automatically overturn Roe v. Wade, if you look at what the president said about John Roberts, his berating Roberts for failing to strike down the Affordable Care Act, he certainly has criteria", he said. She pointed to the confirmation process of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993 in which she said that all women should be afforded the right to privacy to make their own decision. He was confirmed by the Senate 52-44.