The official said the president will announce the pick Monday evening, in an event likely similar to his unveiling of Gorsuch, followed by an aggressive P.R. pitch from the West Wing. But, he added, Hardiman is "very much in the mix".
Schumer had a private phone call with Trump earlier this week, Axios reported, during which he pressured the president to nominate Merrick Garland, Barack Obama's nominee to replace Antonin Scalia in 2016.
"And even if some of these Republicans did oppose Lee - even just one - I think that boil needs to be lanced", he said.
Far be it from me to point out to political opponents the ways in which they are shooting themselves in the foot, but this is the worst possible approach to take for a seat that still won't shift the balance of the court more than nominally. Those are very terrific people.
President Trump has spoken with seven potential candidates and is set to announce his decision on Monday.
"What I am saying is that a nominee's personal views on Roe v. Wade are not relevant to my decision", Collins said. Kennedy was often a swing vote on the court, sometimes siding with the court's conservatives and, at others, with the court's liberals. Trump's appointee would maintain the slim 5-4 conservative majority on the court.
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So who are the candidates who could replace Kennedy?
Judge Kavanaugh clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy - whose looming retirement at the end of this month created the opening Mr. Trump is trying to fill.
George W. Bush nominated Kavanaugh to the federal bench in 2003.
Kavanaugh, 53, was born in Washington. He also played a lead role in drafting Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's 1998 report on Bill Clinton.
"The court could use some perspectives that were forged in different kinds of regions of the country and different kinds of academic backgrounds", said former Michigan Sen. Ted Cruz, believe he is not sufficiently conservative and disagree with portions of opinions he's written relating to abortion and Obamacare. She's only been a federal judge for about a year. It is our conviction that the best nominee on your list of 25 prospects is Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
More than two dozen conservatives, including Paul, wealthy GOP donor Rebekah Mercer and several tea party leaders, signed a letter backing Lee as having a "proven record".
With the Senate narrowly divided, 51-49, in favor of Republicans, Trump's announcement will launch a contentious confirmation process as Republicans seek to shift the court to the right and Democrats strive to block the effort. Here is where the second strand comes in: a series of law review articles in which Barrett outlines her view that the Supreme Court should not be so tightly bound by the doctrine of adhering to precedent - stare decisis - especially on matters of constitutional law. Feinstein told Barrett "the dogma lives loudly within you," contending her writings indicated her religious beliefs would prevail over the law.
He and Brown both cited Republicans' narrow failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act as hope that the U.S. Senate can block the Trump administration's judicial nominee.