Vice President Pence met privately with Kavanaugh on Wednesday at the vice president's residence and that session went well, underscoring the judge's strong prospects, according to two Republicans briefed on the meeting.
On July 1, Trump said he narrowed the search to five candidates from a list of 25, which was vetted by the conservative Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.
The president's top contenders include federal appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, with federal appeals court judge Thomas Hardiman still considered in the mix.
Justice Kennedy, 81, recently announced his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court.
That law was struck down by the Supreme Court, as she pointed out, by the vote of five justices in 2016 in the case of Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt.
Kavanaugh has a reputation as a staunch originalist and conservative who more often than not rules in the favor of federal separation of powers and resists the expansion of administrative federal offices.
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"I think I have it down to four people and I think of the four people, I have it down to three or two", Trump told members of the White House press corps traveling with him to Montana.
Kethledge has faced criticism from liberals as well as some conservatives taking aim at his rulings and views on a host of issues, including immigration and reproductive rights.
As with with Neil Gorsuch, the justice appointed to replace the late Antonin Scalia past year, Trump's top candidates are selected from a list of conservative justices first drafted during the 2016 election.
Hardiman is now a judge for the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. Citing a White House official, Axios reported that the person that Trump ultimately picks will be "who he feels most comfortable with in a personal setting".
OR leaders are expressing their concern over President Trump's upcoming Supreme Court nomination.
"President Trump and conservatives can be sure that Lee won't change". "In both cases, however, I believe he made important errors". "We'll announce it on Monday".
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Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen said Friday on "America's Newsroom" that Democrats are desperate to block President Trump's eventual Supreme Court nominee, but are "powerless" to stop it.
And Kavanaugh also worked on "The Starr Report", which outlined the grounds for President Bill Clinton's impeachment.
Barrett is 46-years-old, married, a mother of 7 and is devoted to her faith. He was appointed to his current Third Circuit seat by President George W. Bush and was confirmed 95-0 by the Senate in 2007.
However, three sources familiar with Kethledge's reasoning and judicial philosophy have raised concerns with Breitbart News over his tendency, not unlike his one-time boss Justice Kennedy, to resort to sweeping moral judgment, rather than constitutionally-mandated restraint, in reaching his opinions. But Collins said she also wouldn't blindly vote to confirm someone she thinks is unworthy in other respects - even if he or she supports Roe v. Wade.
"She said, 'I just saw you on TV!"
The president told reporters that the process to replace Kennedy on the high court will "begin immediately".
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