"I think I have it down to four people".
Kavanaugh, who was among five people added late a year ago to Trump's eventual list of 25 potential nominees, is the favorite of the conservative legal establishment because of his long record on issues ranging from the separation of powers and executive privilege to abortion, immigration and gun rights. Those three, along with Amul Thapar, also in the 6th Circuit, were interviewed by the President on Monday.
Working closely with a White House team and consulting with lawmakers and outside advisers, Trump has spent the week deliberating on the choice.
Trump's choice, if confirmed by the Senate, would replace Kennedy, who last week announced his retirement, effective July 31.
"I think I've made it pretty clear if a nominee has demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade and has said that they're not going to abide by that long-standing precedent, that I could not support that nominee", Collins told reporters at a holiday parade in Bangor. Vice President Mike Pence would serve as the tiebreaker if the votes are split.
That list is headed by federal appeals court judges Raymond Kethledge of MI and Amy Coney Barrett of IN, said people familiar with the selection process who where not authorized to speak publicly about internal deliberations. Earlier in the week, he spoke with seven people on the list. Pence has also spoken to Republican senators, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen.
The 53-year-old judge, who sits on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has the best credentials as well as some big risks, according to conservatives eagerly awaiting Trump's decision.
Cruz said President George H.W. Bush's selection of liberal David Souter was "one of the most consequential errors of his presidency".
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In particular, many liberals fear Trump will nominate a justice who will work to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that legalized abortion in 1973.
But if Republicans have the votes to prevail, some Democrats looking ahead to November want to give the three moderates room to stray if they so decide.
Cruz said Lee would be a "sure thing".
Paul, the Kentucky senator, has told colleagues he may not vote for Kavanaugh if the judge is nominated, citing Kavanaugh's role during President George W. Bush's administration on cases involving executive privilege and the disclosure of documents to Congress, said a person familiar with Paul's conversations who spoke on condition of anonymity.
"Last year, I was proud to appoint Justice Kennedy's former law clerk, Neil Gorsuch, to the Supreme Court", Trump said. Both Kethledge and Gorsuch once served Kennedy as law clerks, as did Kavanaugh. Kethledge, of MI, serves on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Many of these questions surrounded Barrett's Catholic faith-she is a member of a Catholic revivalist group called "People of Praise," in which members swear an oath of loyalty and give each other input on personal life decisions-and some anxious this would influence her political opinions. Both are in their early 50s and potentially could serve decades in the lifetime post on the nine-member court.
In the budding battle royale over the Supreme Court vacancy, what's the Democratic sweet spot between satisfying liberal activists' demands for an all-out fight against President Donald Trump's pick and protecting senators facing tight re-election races in deeply red states? The American Civil Liberties Union began similar TV ads in both states.
On Wednesday, Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, reiterated that she could not vote for a nominee with a "demonstrated hostility" to Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman's right to an abortion.