Trump interviews Indian-American Amul Thapar for SC judge nominee

Trump interviews Indian-American Amul Thapar for SC judge nominee

Trump interviews Indian-American Amul Thapar for SC judge nominee

The move is part of a broader push by the White House to rapidly confirm a replacement for Kennedy before the court's new term begins in October. Asked about the call, White House spokesman Raj Shah said only, "Yesterday, the President spoke on the phone with Sen".

This also allows the President to change his mind before he introduces his next Supreme Court nominee from the White House on Monday evening, aides say.

Trump said on Friday he plans to announce his nominee on July 9 and that he has narrowed his list of contenders to about five, including two women.

"[Barrett] went to [the University of] Notre Dame. she is very Catholic", Zerlina Maxwell said Monday on MSNBC. His exit paved the way for Trump to nominate a second justice to the nation's top court. His departure likely gives the court a conservative majority. Prior to his exit, the Republican appointees on the court delivered several key conservative rulings, including a decision to uphold Trump's travel order.

The four candidates interviewed so far, first reported by the Above the Law blog, are all federal appeals court judges whose names appear on a list of 25 supreme court prospects published a year ago by the White House.

"I'm very proud of Neil Gorsuch", he continued.

He has been confirmed three times by the Senate already for previous appointments and has built reputation as a formidable conservative through his lectures at prestigious law schools in the U.S. That creates a unique problem for Republicans, and an unexpected opportunity for Democrats.

When broken down along party lines, 85 percent of Republicans want a Senate vote on the nominee before midterms - and 61 percent of independents agree with them. Meanwhile, just 33 percent of respondents said they want to see the vote postponed until after the elections.

Collins also said Sunday that she has urged the president to expand his list of potential nominees, as there are a number of people on the list she believes do not respect judicial precedent.

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If Trump chooses a strongly anti-abortion nominee who favored overturning Roe v. Wade, Collins and Murkowski might withhold their support.

As the president weighs his choice, moderate Republican Sen.

The average age of the candidates on Trump's list of 25 justices is 52 years.

Kennedy was 80 when he announced his retirement.

Now the court has three women justices, all appointed by Democrats.

Mr. Trump is also considering two women for the nomination.

President Barack Obama appointed hundreds of judges to the lower courts once the Senate adopted the Reid rule. In 2006, Bush appointed Kavanaugh to the USA court of appeals for the DC circuit.

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