The conservative, pro-life activist who has President Trump's ear as he decides on filling a Supreme Court vacancy predicted the nominee would be confirmed before the mid-term elections but sidestepped a question about whether the candidate would oppose Roe v. Wade. He's also had a hand in Trump's picks for lower courts; the president has gotten a whopping 21 circuit court judges confirmed since taking office and almost all were outsourced to The Federalist Society to fill.
Top contenders for the role have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.
Trump is set to announce his nominee to fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy in a prime-time televised address Monday.
Amul Thapar is the US' first Article III judge of South Asian descent. McCaskill, a centrist Democrat who broke with her other red state colleagues by voting against Neil Gorsuch a year ago, insists that she has not already made up her mind to vote "no" against retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's successor.
"I've never seen a president of the United States in effect make himself a puppet of outside groups and choose from a group of right-wing fringe ideologues that are prepared on this list", the CT lawmaker said on ABC just moments after Leo's interview.
"I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump said as he prepared to leave New Jersey, according to White House pool reports.
Trump's ex-lawyer fires what could be a warning shot
And Cohen also says this probe of Russian election interference by the special counsel Robert Mueller is not a witch hunt. Cohen has previously said that he acted on his own initiative in making the payments to Daniels.
"Am I optimistic that [Trump is] going to nominate somebody that I would feel comfortable about?" said McCaskill.
Judge Raymond Kethledge of MI, who serves on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is seen in this 2017 photo released by Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.in New York, New York, U.S., July 6, 2018.
"Let's say it's the four people", Trump said. "And I think we can take this call to action to the American people, take our case to them". I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here. Honestly, I could pick any of the 25 and they would be terrific.
"It is extraordinary", Blumenthal said.
"I'll have a decision made in my mind by Sunday. I'll give you the answer", Trump said.
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