Kavanaugh Has ‘Slight’ Edge, Scholar Who Helped Shape Trump’s Court Choices Says

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Justice Kennedy, 81, recently announced his retirement from the US Supreme Court. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who will likely seal his sport to run against McCaskill after an August Republican primary, called the SCOTUS nominee "the defining issue of this campaign". The President interviewed seven candidates from his master-list of 25 judges, the White House said. Of those, the shortlist is understood to have boiled down to four judges from various USA courts of appeal - Amy Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge.

Leo said that it was impossible to predict the positions of any of the leading candidates for the seat on abortion.

Leonard Leo, who is advising Trump on his pick to fill the seat of Justice Anthony Kennedy, said two names on the president's shortlist - Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman - had less established conservative records, making it harder to line up support should they be selected.

The source told Reuters that Amy Coney Barrett of IN, a Trump-appointed judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was still IN contention but that the Republican president had been asking more questions about the other two, who have more extensive judicial records.

He added: "Let's say it's the four people ... they're excellent, every one".

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"I remember yesterday, when we did the brief, I was like, "Ron, you should tell Charlie, someone's going to crash". It's true that they are very, very strong around here and you'd expect them to be very strong tomorrow.

"Am I optimistic that [Trump is] going to nominate somebody that I would feel comfortable about?" said McCaskill.

Kavanaugh is said to have the inside track within the White House, including the support of White House Counsel Don McGahn, who's supervising the search. I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here.

"If we put another two or perhaps three justices on".

He said he believes that any of the four candidates on the short list will dismantle Roe v. Wade and other hard-fought rights. "I'll give you the answer", Trump said. On Sunday there was no indication that he had yet made his decision, as speculation continued to swirl around the appointment. He was confirmed by the Senate 52-44.

Ilyse Hogue, president of the pro-abortion organization Naral, told Fox News Sunday that Trump had changed the rules of the game.

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