Trump set to announce hotly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court pick

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Hardiman, who was runner-up to Neil Gorsuch as the president's Supreme Court pick previous year, made a comeback on Trump's shortlist this weekend in part because of the president's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who serves with Hardiman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. But Valentino says a late addition to the final four, Circuit Court Judge Thomas Hardiman comes off as more moderate on some issues and could have the edge.

The retirement of Justice Kennedy has handed Mr Trump the chance to reshape the nation's highest court while his party still narrowly controls the Senate, which has the power to confirm his nominee.

Multiple sources tell ABC News that as of Sunday, the final four individuals Trump is considering for the vacancy are Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman.

"I'm open to voting yes".

Kavanaugh, 53, began his career as a clerk to Kennedy.

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Among the 10 Democratic senators facing voters in Trump states, three will confront especially hard decisions: Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota (which Mr. Trump carried with 63 per cent of the vote), Joe Manchin III of West Virginia (69 per cent) and Joe Donnelly of in, home state of Vice-President Mike Pence (57 per cent). Hardiman, who lives in Pennsylvania, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, where he served at one time with Trump's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry.

Who is Amy Coney Barrett, and what kind of Supreme Court justice would she be, in particular on the matter of reproductive rights, where Justice Kennedy has always been seen as the fifth and decisive vote preventing the overturning of Roe v. Wade?

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, said Monday he will oppose appointing whoever President Donald Trump nominates to the Supreme Court. But a woman's right to choose may be at the center of the Senate's confirmation hearings.

Valentino explained that she and Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be strong conservative choices.

"Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners", said Sen.

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All the major broadcast networks plan to break into regular programming to cover the announcement, giving the president the same primetime platform to build public support for his choice as he had for Neil Gorsuch, selected just 10 days after Trump took office. An official said Thursday that Trump had completed his scheduled interviews for potential nominees.

"The president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here", Blunt said.

One day after the high-stakes announcement, Trump will head to Europe for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, a visit to Britain and a meeting with Vladimir Putin, sure to leave a bitter political brawl in his wake. "And I expect we will do that on sort of a normal timetable, a couple of months".

Kavanaugh also was a clerk for Judge Alex Kozinski, who retired abruptly previous year as allegations of sexual misconduct grew. Judge Thomas Hardiman is a USA appeals court judge that The Washington Post reports is a "Second Amendment extremist". Kethledge, 51, is a judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

He recently voiced disagreement with a court decision allowing an undocumented teenage immigrant to get an abortion.

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And on Friday, in his weekly address, Trump made clear he was looking for a justice who adopts an "originalist" interpretation of the constitution. McConnell said he will push for a vote on the nomination before the November midterms.

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