Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick; 3 judges top list

Report Sen. Mike Lee no longer in serious consideration for the Supreme Court opening

Two NU alumnae on Trump's shortlist for Justice Kennedy replacement

Welch said a woman's legal right to abortion is on the line if any of President's Trump's Supreme Court candidates are confirmed.

Proponents for a Lee nomination include Sen.

Lee would interpret the Constitution and laws according to their original meaning and text. His road to the court was marked by time in Kenneth Starr's independent counsel office-he played a leading role in drafting the report calling for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton-and later joined the Bush White House as a staff secretary. Mike Lee (R-Utah) to the post instead "because there is not a single soul out there who can doubt that a Justice Mike Lee would remain true to the convictions he has fought for his entire life".

A person familiar with the conversation told Fox that Schumer called the president on Tuesday to discuss the looming court vacancy.

The Republican governor said during a radio interview that the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion "should not be an issue" that decides whether a nominee to the bench is successful.

A quick-fire multimillion-dollar TV and digital advertising battle is under way over Donald Trump's imminent nomination of a new justice to sit on the U.S. supreme court. Just about every nominee they've put up there has voted the way they wanted on just about every single issue.

Where Lee ranks among the contenders isn't known, but he's likely not at the top of the list. The junior senator from Texas has thrown his endorsement to Sen.

"President Trump and conservatives can be sure that Lee won't change". "We can go through the fact that uh he's made some statements that some have identified correctly as religiously intolerant".

But Senator Lee and his brother are both familiar with both the Supreme Court and Washington, as sons of Rex Lee - President Ronald Reagan's solicitor general.

"How can you ask me to take a position on a nominee whose identity I don't yet know?" she asked.

Lee, a member of the Judiciary Committee who was elected to the Senate in 2010, served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Judge Samuel Alito. Although William Howard Taft had served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals, he was better known as a former president when he was appointed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by President Warren Harding in 1921.

Two sources close to the process said prep work is already underway for Kavanaugh, Coney Barrett and Kethledge inside the White House as the administration looks for a smooth and quick rollout of the nominee to ensure confirmation in advance of the November midterms. It was Collins and Murkowski who cast two of the votes that sank the G.O.P. effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) last summer.

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