The president whittled the list from 25 names, selected and vetted by the hard-right leaning Federalist Society, after meeting the candidates individually and by talking to White House aides, conservative lawmakers and Vice President Pence. Kethledge, 51, is a judge for the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, while Hardiman, 52, serves on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal accused Trump of outsourcing his decision to the Federalist Society and other conservative groups.
Per Phillips' report, one student said that he saw the pick "all over the news" and that the selection is someone who is racist. Have not made it final.
Mr. Thapar was on the shortlist of candidates after Judge Antonin Scalia died in 2016. Just days after his inauguration in January 2017 he nominated the conservative justice Neil Gorsuch to the court.
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Before boarding Air Force One en route to Washington, Trump said he was considering four people and that of those under consideration, "you can't go wrong".
Judge Raymond Kethledge of MI, who serves on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is seen in this 2017 photo released by Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.in New York, New York, U.S., July 6, 2018. "And I think we can take this call to action to the American people, take our case to them". Those are very terrific people.
He said he believes that any of the four candidates on the short list will dismantle Roe v. Wade and other hard-fought rights. We'll announce it on Monday.
Ilyse Hogue, president of the pro-abortion organization Naral, told Fox News Sunday that Trump had changed the rules of the game.