Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump adviser says two Supreme Court candidates are tougher sell

Trump adviser says two Supreme Court candidates are tougher sell

Indian-American judge Amul Thapar has not made it to the shortlist of three candidates from among which US President Donald Trump is likely to nominate his pick for the US Supreme Court justice, a media report said today.

"Given their vision of a politicized judiciary, we should not be surprised when Democrats cry bloody murder at the announcement of the president's Supreme Court nominee".

Trump is said to have narrowed his potential SCOTUS nominees down to federal judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barret.

Her socially conservative views and affiliation with People of Praise, a tight-knit religious lay group, are already attracting suspicion.

"Just as he did with Neil Gorsuch, the president has promised to nominate an impartial judge, a wise and seasoned jurist committed to upholding the Constitution at all costs".

The president whittled the list from 25 names, selected and vetted by the hard-right leaning Federalist Society, after meeting the candidates individually and by talking to White House aides, conservative lawmakers and Vice President Pence.

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Thapar, 49, a Cincinnati-based federal appeals court judge, was among the first four candidates interviewed by Trump on July 2.

While careful not to directly make the case for any would-be justice, McConnell, R-Ky., made clear in multiple phone calls with Trump and White House counsel Don McGahn that the lengthy paper trail of another top contender, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, would pose difficulties for his confirmation. "I'm very, very happy with them and we will pick somebody who will be outstanding, hopefully for many years to come", he said. "I think even the people of Alabama like to make sure they have judges that adhere to the rule of law". "I'm going to make an independent judgement. I've argued cases before the Supreme Court", Blumenthal said on "This Week".

"The vast majority of American people, shown by poll after poll, want Roe v. Wade to be preserved", Blumenthal said.

Trump, who spent the weekend at his New Jersey golf club, has not yet communicated a final choice, said a person familiar with his thinking who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Last year, Trump appointed Thapar, who sits on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals and a former United States Attorney, for the District of Kentucky and District Judge. For Democrats to take back the Senate in November, McCaskill's party would need to hold all of their 26 seats up for election and win two of the nine Republican seats in play.

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