Tony Perkins: The Left Hates A Nominee Like Amy Coney Barrett

Collins walks outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington

Collins walks outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington

In conversations with TIME ahead of Trump's announcement, Judiciary Committee Republicans were reluctant to offer insight into any of the nominees, but say they resented the Democrats' preemptive approach. The person also says it didn't seem Trump was seriously soliciting Schumer's advice since the president was already winnowing potential nominees.

Heersink also mentioned that anyone Trump might nominate would know what they have to say in a Senate hearing in order to be confirmed. Republicans blocked Garland's 2016 nomination by then President Barack Obama. The person spoke about Paul's views on condition of anonymity. That group includes appeals court Amul Thapar, who has the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

They say whomever President Donald Trump selects must explicitly say they support the rights to abortion, to use contraceptives and to marry someone of the same gender. Susan Collins of ME, two relative centrists who have expressed concern over the dismantling of abortion rights in the U.S. Others said she lacks the necessary experience for a Supreme Court job.

Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mold of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee a year ago.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas says fellow Sen. Mike Lee of Utah on Monday. He cited former justices William Brennan, John Paul Stevens and Harry Blackmun, who authored the Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman's right to abortion.

Democrats and Republicans once largely agreed that the upcoming midterm elections would hinge on the economy, health care and President Donald Trump's popularity.

In picking a successor to Justice Anthony Kennedy, U.S. President Donald Trump has many fine potential nominees among whom to choose.

Six judges' names that have appeared on numerous reported shortlists include two Catholics: Brett Kavanaugh, of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and Amy Coney Barrett, of the 7th Circuit; and Amul Thapar, Joan Larsen and Raymond Kethledge, all of the 6th Circuit; and Thomas Hardiman, of the 3rd Circuit.

Working closely with a White House team and consulting with lawmakers and outside advisers, Trump has spent the week deliberating on the choice. He conducted interviews on Monday and Tuesday and has spoken to seven possible candidates. He has not yet publicly indicated that he has narrowed the list and could still consider others in the mix. 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.

President Donald Trump isn't the only administration official meeting with potential nominees for the Supreme Court. ABC's Tara Palmeri contributed reporting to this article.

The issue of preserving Supreme Court precedents, a doctrine known as stare decisis, is certain to play a prominent role in the confirmation process. The person did not specify which candidates Pence met with and spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday to describe the private search process.

Trump, who has met with both Collins and Murkowski about the picks, has signaled that overturning Roe v. Wade is a likely possibility, telling Fox News that abortion could be decided state-by-state, a fact that would mean overturning the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. As with with Neil Gorsuch, the justice appointed to replace the late Antonin Scalia a year ago, Trump's top candidates are selected from a list of conservative justices first drafted during the 2016 election.

Partisan rancor has flamed since Kennedy announced last week that he would be retiring after more than three decades on the Supreme Court.

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