Kirsters Baish| After talking with six judges, President Donald Trump has finished interviewing candidates for the open Justice spot on the Supreme Court. Fox News was notified by a source with extensive knowledge on the process that there are three candidates who really wowed the POTUS.
President Trump and his team have finished the process early after Monday’s announcement that they would be starting early.
Fox News reports:
While liberal advocacy groups and others are gearing up for a major confirmation fight, Trump is charging ahead with an imminent decision to fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, and potentially move the court more solidly to the right.
Fox News is told that Trump has interviewed six candidates: Appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett, Amul Thapar, Joan Larsen and Thomas Hardiman. The interviews comprised seven conversations – Trump talked to one candidate twice.
Multiple sources indicated Kavanaugh, Kethledge and Barrett are currently the focus of attention.
President Trump spoke on the phone with Utah GOP Senator Mike Lee, but Fox News explains that the call did not serve as a formal interview for the Supreme Court position. It seems that the call was more meant to ask Lee’s thoughts on who he felt would be a good candidate.
Fox was told by numerous sources that Lee does happen to be on President Trump’s list of 25 possible nominees, however, he is not currently being considered as a replacement for retiring Justice Kennedy.
Both conservatives and liberals are all watching to see what happens next. More Democratic groups are pushing possible swing senators to shoot down whatever nominee Trump decides on. They claim that important decisions such as legalizing abortion may be “at risk.”
At the same time, conservative organizations are hoping to push President Trump in the Right direction. They have even launched a “whisper campaign” against Kavanaugh due to his ties to George W. Bush as well as a previous ObamaCare ruling that was made. There are some critics who claim that the 2011 case made it possible for the Supreme Court to uphold the individual mandate of the law. Kavanaugh was against the mandate, but is still in the running for the Supreme Court position.
Kethledge, however, definitely seems to be a frontrunner. Many conservative Americans have stated in the past that Kethledge would make a good justice, similarly to President Trump’s first Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, who was nominated last year. Fox News explains, “Both Kethledge and Gorsuch once served Kennedy as law clerks, as did Kavanaugh. Kethledge, a Michigan Law graduate, would add academic diversity to a court steeped in the Ivy League.”
As President Trump remains busy, trying to pick the right person to nominate in the second high court pick he has been in charge of during his presidency, there is another name that comes up. Barrett was one of late Justice Antonin Scalia’s former law clerks, as well as a Notre Dame Law School professor. She is currently serving on the 7th United States Circuit Court of Appeals. Barrett was shown support by Conservative groups following her confirmation hearing in 2017, in which Democrats questioned how her Roman Catholic faith would have an impact on her decision-making ability.