Trump Says He’ll Announce Supreme Court Pick on July 9

The president has reportedly narrowed the list of candidates to five
By Janet Cromley,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2018 5:37 PM CDT
Trump Says He’ll Announce Supreme Court Pick on July 9
President Trump speaks to reporters onboard Air Force One Friday, June 29, 2018, on his way to Bedminster, NJ.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

President Donald Trump has narrowed his list of prospective Supreme Court nominees to five finalists (although the list could change), and plans to announce his pick on July 9, reports Bloomberg. White House officials appear to be focusing on the following federal appeals court judges, all of whom are Republican appointees with conservative records: Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, and Amul Thapar. Kavanaugh and Kethledge were both law clerks to retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. The president told reporters on Air Force One Friday that he may interview one or two picks this weekend at his resort in Bedminster, NJ, and that he doesn’t plan to ask them about Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion-rights decision, reports Politico. The FBI is currently conducting background checks. (More President Trump stories.)

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