President Donald Trump is setting up a primetime announcement of his Supreme Court pick, after narrowing his choices to fill a vacancy down to three or four favorites – including one woman.
Trump plans to reveal his selection in a prime time announcement Monday night – setting up a rollout similar to the scripted made-for-TV unveiling of Neil Gorsuch, who Republicans successfully installed on the high court by invoking the ‘nuclear option’ and ending Supreme Court filibusters.
‘As you know there is now a vacancy on the Supreme Court,’ Trump teased a crowd at a campaign rally in Montana Thursday night.
‘And if you turn in Monday at 9 o’clock, I think you’re going to be extremely happy with the selection, right?’ Trump said.
‘And they’re all great. They’re all great,’ he said of his selections, without tipping his hand.
President Donald Trump hyped his Supreme Court justice selection rollout set for Monday
Then he said Justice Anthony Kennedy, the 81-year-old key swing vote justice in many 5-4 decisions, left because of ‘confidence’ in Trump.
‘And I want to thank Justice Kennedy for his lifetime of truly distinguished service. And he had confidence in me. He left because he said you’re going to pick somebody great. And so nice,’ Trump sad.
‘So nice. Great man. A great gentleman.’
Then Trump blasted Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester for having voted against Neil Gorsuch to fill the seat of Antonin Scalia after a nearly year-long GOP filibuster of an Obama nominee.
Trump thanked retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy for his ‘lifetime of truly distinguished service’
Trump called Kennedy ‘the incredible justice who supports fully our constitution.’
Those being considered are federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, according to multiple reports.
The announcement will come at the White House at 9 p.m. on Monday, Trump said aboard Air Force One on Thursday.
The president has met with all the contenders but he was coy when asked to give any hints as to whom he may be considering.
‘I’ll say on the record that I am interviewing some extraordinarily talented and brilliant people and I’m very, very happy with them and we will pick somebody who will be outstanding, hopefully for many years to come,’ he said.
He indicated he had narrowed his choices down to two or three or four names.
‘I think I have it down to four people and I think of the four people, I have it down to three or two. I think they’re all outstanding. Honestly I could pick any of the 25 and they would be terrific. Those are very terrific people. The whole list is extraordinary.’
He also said that Vice President Mike Pence and some unnamed White House staff will join him in New Jersey this weekend when he is at his Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.
‘We’re going to go over the Supreme Court and some other things that we’re working on,’ he said.
Three names emerged on Thursday as the frontrunners.
Trump has said he would like to pick a woman although there is a report he and Coney Barrett didn’t click during their interview. While she would appeal the most to the conservative base her confirmation hearing would be expected to be the most contiguous, especially if Democrats bring up Roe v. Wade. Coney Barrett is a strict Catholic.
Kavanaugh is reported to be a front runner from the start but there is talk Kethledge could be the dark horse who takes the prize as Trump was said to have loved him during their interview.
But the president’s final choice may come down to his gut.
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Source: Daily Mail