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He's the only lawmaker on President Trump's list. But, he added, Hardiman is "very much in the mix".

And while Trump is set to announce his pick on Monday, officials say they wouldn't be surprised if he jumped the gun early and announced his decision before the week's end. And while Barrett has the shortest judicial paper trail of the likely nominees, her academic writings are the equivalent of a flashing neon sign: I'll do it. "I think they're all outstanding". Those are very terrific people.

"What I am saying is that a nominee's personal views on Roe v. Wade are not relevant to my decision", Collins said. "We'll announce it on Monday". "And I'm glad you asked that question because it's been a lot of misunderstanding".

Kethledge, a Michigan Law graduate, is regarded by some conservatives as a potential justice in the mold of Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Kennedy was often a swing vote on the court, sometimes siding with the court's conservatives and, at others, with the court's liberals. He is a favorite of the man who would replace, Judge Anthony Kennedy, who clerked for.

Kavanaugh, 53, was picked by Bush to serve on the influential Washington-based appeals court in 2003.

Kavanaugh played a key role in drafting the Starr report, which urged the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

Isla - who is married to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen - also donned a headscarf while smiling with an older woman, as the two next to her flashed a big smile for the camera. Ted Cruz, believe he is not sufficiently conservative and disagree with portions of opinions he's written relating to abortion and Obamacare.

"He looks, walks and quacks like John G. Roberts Jr.", said former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli II, referencing the chief justice of the United States, who angered conservatives with his rulings on President Barack Obama's signature health-care law. She's only been a federal judge for about a year.

Former Notre Dame law professor, Judge Amy Coney Barrett is one of three finalists for the nomination. She was appointed in 2017 by President Trump. Like four of the five Christians on the court, Barrett is a Roman Catholic. Even if Schumer holds all 49 Democrats, the nominee can still win confirmation with 50 Republicans.

Her age, the youngest of those in final consideration, is seen as both a strength and a weakness.

To counter that, Kavanaugh's allies have begun pushing back, reaching out to influential Republicans to ward off potential criticisms, according to one conservative who was the recipient of such outreach and spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday to discuss the situation.

"Our legal culture does not, and never has, treated the reversal of precedent as out-of-bounds".

Kethledge, 51, like Kavanaugh, also clerked for Kennedy.

A Justice Lee wouldn't let activist lower courts distort the meaning of our laws and Constitution in order to impose their left-wing preferences on the nation.

The rush of scrutiny gave Kethledge's backers hope that his chances were perhaps rising - and a preview of the political firestorm he would face on Capitol Hill should he be nominated. Spencer Abraham of MI.

In northern Michigan, Kethledge works out of an office he built in a family barn near Lake Huron. Kethledge's is not in doubt, and we have full-field Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks to rely on there.

She was followed by Justice William Atuguba, who is one of the longest-serving judges of the Supreme Court.