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Coons Flip-Flops on Need for Nine Supreme Court Justices

09 July 2018, 10:14 | Glen Norman

Decisions on these and otherhot topics of the Trump years - the North American free-trade agreement and climate change - are reversible by a future presidential administration, perhaps by a moderate Republican White House or, nearly certainly, a Democratic administration.

"I'm very close to making a decision", Trump said.

"The four people - they're excellent, every one", Trump told reporters yesterday en route to the White House from his Bedminster, N.J., estate, where playmaking by lawmakers, conservative advocates and others reached a fever pitch over the weekend.

The president has reportedly narrowed his choices down to three main candidates: current appellate judges Brett Kavanaugh of the DC Circuit; Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit; and Raymond Kethledge of the Sixth Circuit.

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President Trump is set to announce his Supreme Court pick Monday, appointing a jurist who has the chance to set the highest court on a new trajectory and deliver decisions to which conservatives have been looking forward for generations. Hardiman was on the president's short list when he nominated Neil Gorsuch to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.

The president has spent the days leading up to the decision mulling the pros and cons of the various options with aides and allies. Barry served alongside Hardiman as a federal appeals judge on the 3rd Circuit before stepping down a year ago. But the situation appeared to remain fluid.

Trump past year appointed Neil Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices, after Senate Republicans in 2016 refused to consider Democratic former President Barack Obama's nominee Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

Valentino explained that she and Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be strong conservative choices.

But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

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Kethledge, 51, is a University of Michigan Law School graduate and former Kennedy law clerk who works out of an office he set up in an old barn overlooking Lake Huron in northern Michigan.

Kethledge serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is an evangelical Christian whose book Lead Yourself First uses President Dwight Eisenhower, primatologist Jane Goodall, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King Jr. and others as examples of "leaders who have used solitude to function more effectively". I think conservative justices are also conservative in the small "c" sense. "On Saturday, he tweeted that a 'Big decision" was coming soon. "Let's just say it's the four people".

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Roy Blunt of Missouri said Sunday that they believe any of the top four contenders could get confirmed by the GOP-majority Senate.

"I think we can confirm any of the four names being mentioned", Blunt said on NBC's 'Meet the Press.' "They're good judges".

"I think there's going to be a propaganda war like we have never seen before", von Spakovsky told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising".

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Later in the week, the president also suggested that of the four reported shortlisted candidates, he had preferences, telling reporters: "I think I have it down to four people". "And I expect we'll do that on sort of a normal timetable of a couple of months".



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