Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who will likely seal his sport to run against McCaskill after an August Republican primary, called the SCOTUS nominee "the defining issue of this campaign". The White House has been preparing information materials on all four, who were part of a longer list of 25 names vetted by conservative groups.
Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Roy Blunt of Missouri said Sunday that they believe any of the top four contenders could get confirmed by the GOP-majority Senate.
Mr. Thapar was on the shortlist of candidates after Judge Antonin Scalia died in 2016.
The source told Reuters that Amy Coney Barrett of IN, a Trump-appointed judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was still IN contention but that the Republican president had been asking more questions about the other two, who have more extensive judicial records.
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". "But I'm getting very close to making a final decision". "We've been talking about this for 36 years, going all the way back to the nomination of Sandra O'Connor", he said.
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"I think we can confirm any of the four names being mentioned", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press". I've argued cases before the Supreme Court for them. Those are very terrific people. "And I believe this person will do a great job", Trump said, according to ABC News. "The whole list is extraordinary", he said. "I've never seen a president of the United States in effect make himself a puppet of outside groups and choose from a group of right-wing fringe ideologues that are prepared on this list". Eastern. The president is spending the weekend at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he's continuing to mull his choices for a second appointment to the nation's top court. He was confirmed by the Senate 52-44.