Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee that holds hearings on Supreme Court nominees, told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that Trump has "outsourced" his decision to the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation.
Kethledge, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, is a former Kennedy clerk and a former in-house lawyer at Ford Motor Co.
Trump had been going back and forth between Kavanaugh, the favorite of White House counsel Don McGahn, and Hardiman, whom the president's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, a former colleague of Hardiman's, has pressed him to choose.
After a weekend deliberating with aides and calling allies for advice, he tweeted, "I have long heard that the most important decision a U.S. President can make is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice - Will be announced tonight at 9:00 P.M". If you're a cord cutter without a TV, you can stream it online on C-SPAN or via the embedded video below from PBS Newshour. Hardiman was the first person in his family to attend college, and he helped pay for his Georgetown University law degree by driving a taxi.
Barrett, on the other hand, has become a favorite of religious conservatives because of her thorny confirmation hearing to the federal bench a year ago.
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All of the four states were carried by Mr. Trump in 2016. Sherpas to the nominee will act as a guide during the confirmation process - helping to set up meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and preparing for the eventual confirmation hearing. The president's nominee, if confirmed, will likely solidify a five-seat conservative majority on the nine-member court.
But she is also seen as potentially hard to confirm, given the narrowness of the Senate GOP majority, the previous controversy in her confirmation process when she was nominated for the federal bench a year ago, her lack of a deep judicial record of opinions and her openness to overturning Roe v. Wade.
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"I think in regards to Kethledge and Tom Hardiman they are a little less known by conservatives and their records are a little bit lighter so it might take some time", Leo told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.
Officially, the White House hasn't indicated a preferred candidate and isn't expected to give away many clues until the announcement. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line.
Current position: Barrett was confirmed by the Senate to a lifetime appointment on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals this past October.
These three Democrats have two characteristics in common: They joined Republicans in voting for Gorsuch and they are up for reelection in states that Trump won in 2016.
Trump is said to have apparently lost interest in Kethledge. All three voted a year ago to confirm Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil M. Gorsuch, and the White House invited them to meet with Trump last month to discuss the latest opening on the court. In a recent case involving abortion and immigration, he wrote a decision that temporarily barred a pregnant teenager in immigration custody from obtaining an abortion. "We don't know who the nominee is going to be yet", Sen.
In a 2017 interview with The Post, Jones said he might have opposed Gorsuch's nomination had he been a senator at the time. "I don't think my role is to rubber stamp for the President, but it's also not an automatic knee-jerk no, either".
But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, while not arguing against Kavanaugh on the merits, has spoken to the White House about the volume of material from the judge's career that would need to be pored through, potentially bogging down the confirmation, according to people familiar with the process.