Here Are Trump’s Reported ‘Final Four’ Picks for Supreme Court Justice

President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington to announce Judge Neil Gorsuch standing with his wife Louise as his nominee for the Supreme Court. A family separation crisis of

Trump weighs top picks for Supreme Court amid last-minute maneuvering

Trump's selection will set up a confirmation showdown in the U.S. Senate, where his fellow Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.

All three states lean heavily Republican. But almost all Senate Democrats and many Democratic voters are expected to oppose Trump's nominee. They're extreme anti-abortion folks.

If Collins and Murkowski vote "no" and Democrats all vote "no", the nomination would be blocked.

"An exceptional person will be chosen".

Trump's aides have prepared briefing books and booked television spots for his pick, anticipating that they'd have little time to spare between his decision and the reveal, sources tell ABC News.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the Senate will be able to confirm Barrett, Hardiman, Kavanaugh, or Kethledge, but said picking a candidate who can be confirmed quickly is important. Not long after Schumer spoke, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the "far left" of engaging in "scare tactics" over the nominee.

Meantime, Sen. Orrin Hatch said Monday it would be "wonderful" if President Donald Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Big decision will soon be made on our next Justice of the Supreme Court!" he wrote.

Kethledge, a former Kennedy law clerk, has sat on the 6th Circuit since 2008 after being nominated by George W. Bush.

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The president has a plethora of excellent candidates and Republicans could support any one of them, the Utah Republican said on Fox News. This is Trump's second Supreme Court nominee.

All are conservative jurists in the mold of Trump's previous Supreme Court pick, Gorsuch. He works for Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for confirmation.

Former New Hampshire Sen. He lost to Justice Neil Gorsuch. Democrats occupy 49 seats. Sen. On Monday, Barletta said in a tweet that Casey was "blinded by partisanship" to have opposed a nominee before the pick is announced. "Any judge on this list is fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp". The race is not expected to be competitive.

Bob Salera, a campaign spokesman for Senate Republicans, said Casey has "given up any pretense of being a moderate voice" by opposing Trump's nominee sight unseen. Still, they believe anyone Trump appoints will rule in cases that will curtail access to abortion, and will agree with conservative interpretations of religious liberty - such as ruling in favor of wedding vendors who believe they have the right not to serve gay customers. After all, that was the gambit that won Trump so many evangelical votes in 2016: He made the unusual move of releasing, before he was even president, a list of judges he would consider for the Supreme Court if elected. It'll happen tonight at 9 p.m.

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After winning confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago, Trump has teased his latest options for days, after narrowing down his list of prospects to four federal appeals-court judges: Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman.

Meanwhile, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network said it will launch a $1.4 million ad buy in four states - Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota, and West Virginia - introducing the nominee in a favorable light.

Jentezen Franklin, another member of Trump's evangelical advisory board, said the board members would have a conference call with the White House just after Trump's announcement Monday night.

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