Trump said he will make Supreme Court decision Sunday night or Monday

Trump and Melania head back to DC as President says he is ‘very close’ on Supreme Court pick, with four contenders still in consideration and his announcement set for Monday night

  • President Trump will name his nominee for the Supreme Court on Monday at 9pm 
  • ‘I’m getting very close to making a final decision,’ he said in a tweet on Sunday 
  • Trump said of his finalists: ‘Let’s say it’s the four people. But they’re excellent. Every one. You can’t go wrong’
  • A source said Trump: ‘He’s capable of keeping a secret when it’s in the service of a PR success’ 
  • Trump’s sister has endorsed Thomas Hardiman who served on the 3rd Circuit court of appeals with her and was a finalist last time for the Supreme Court
  • Trump is said to be giving Hardiman a fresh look 
  • Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Raymond Kethledge are also finalists
  • Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell is said to be concerned Kavanaugh or Barrett cannot be confirmed 
  • McConnell needs every Republican vote to get a new justice on the court
  • Other GOP senators went on the Sunday shows to say any of the top four could get confirmed by the Senate 

President Donald Trump has not made his final decision on who to nominate for the Supreme Court but he said he is ‘getting very close’ to picking the next justice. 

‘Getting very close, very close,’ he told reporters when he arrived at the White House on Sunday after spending the weekend at his Trump National Golf Course Bedminster in New Jersey.

Before he left New Jersey, Trump said he’s still considering four people. 

‘I’m getting very close to making a final decision,’ he said, adding he has not ‘made it official yet. Have not made it final. But we’re very close to making a decision’.

President Donald Trump said he’s ‘getting very close, very close’ on a Supreme Court pick

Trump tweeted that he will announce his Supreme Court choice on Monday evening at 9pm from the White House




President Trump has reportedly narrowed his list of possible nominees to down to four: (left to right) Thomas Hardiman, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge

Trump noted of his final picks: ‘Let’s say it’s the four people. But they’re excellent. Every one. You can’t go wrong.’ 

The four contenders are said to be federal Judges Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Raymond Kethledge.

‘I’ll probably be decided tonight or tomorrow sometime by 12 o’clock. I think we’re all going to be meeting at 9 o’clock,’ he added.

It was unclear if he meant a meeting at 9 pm Sunday night or 9 am on Monday morning or if the president was referring to his 9 pm announcement scheduled for Monday night. 

The president also took to twitter to tout his upcoming announcement.

‘Looking forward to announcing my final decision on the United States Supreme Court Justice at 9:00pmE tomorrow night at the @WhiteHouse. An exceptional person will be chosen!,’ he wrote Sunday evening. 

The president is said to be enjoying building up the suspense before his big announcement, the Associated Press reported. 

While a source involved in the pick told Axios Trump can keep a secret when he wants to.

‘My guess,’ the person said, ‘is that he’s pretty much made up his mind but he’s not telling anyone because he wants the surprise effect like last time. He’s capable of keeping a secret when it’s in the service of a PR success.’

One finalist said to be on his Supreme Court short list has the family blessing – the endorsement of the president’s sister Maryanne Trump Barry.

US Appeals Court Judge Thomas Hardiman served on the 3rd Circuit court of appeals with Trump’s older sister. 

Hardiman was also a finalist on the president’s last Supreme Court short list when Trump ended up nominating Neil Gorsuch.


Trump and Melania arrive at the White House after a weekend at Trump National Golf Course Bedminster in New Jersey

Trump’s sister Maryanne Trump Barry endorsed Thomas Hardiman who served on the 3rd Circuit court of appeals with her

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is leading the attack on Hardiman, tweeting about the potential pick on Sunday

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    Trump Barry, who advocated for Hardiman the last time around, has given him her strong endorsement again, The Hill newspaper reported. 

    The president has a fresh interest in Hardiman, The New York Times reported, having come close to picking him in 2007. 

    Trump reportedly likes Hardiman’s personal story.  

    He was the first person in his family to finish college, graduating from Notre Dame. His father was a cab drive and Hardiman continued the family business while putting himself through Georgetown Law School.   

    He also speaks fluent Spanish, studied abroad in Mexico, and volunteered at a Ayuda, an immigration legal aid office in Washington DC. 

    Trump has said he’ll name his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday evening at 9pm His choice will likely shape the court for years to come and move the bench to right, replacing the swing vote Kennedy with a more conservative jurist.

    And the conservative base likes Hardiman. 

    Conservatives like his stance on the second amendment, where he’s ruled that two convicted felons should not be barred from access to guns because their crimes were not violent in nature.

    The judge also has a reputation as a reliable conservative on the federal appeals court in Philadelphia. 

    And there is one one hot-button issue that Hardiman has not weighed in on in a judicial setting: abortion. The lack of a paper trail on the controversial issue could help him in the confirmation process as there would not be a record for Democrats to pick through during questioning. 

    Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer took to Twitter Sunday afternoon to slam Hardiman’s credentials. 

    ‘Thomas Hardiman is a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals & on @realDonaldTrump’s pre-approved list for SCOTUS noms, having passed his ‘litmus tests’ on overturning Roe v. Wade & striking down critical protections in our health care system,’ he wrote.

    The other three names said to be on the president’s short list are Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Raymond Kethledge.


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    The Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, is said to be having doubts that Kavanaugh and Barrett could get confirmed.

    Kavanaugh has a long judicial history for both Republicans and Democrats to pick through during the confirmation process. He was also a lawyer on Ken Starr’s team that investigated Bill Clinton and has close ties to the President George W. Bush, whom he serve as staff secretary. Bush appointed Kavanaugh to the federal bench.

    That long, controversial history could give Democrats an opportunity to deal the confirmation vote into October, when the Supreme Court’s new term begins and when the midterm election is looming ahead.  

    Meanwhile, Coney Barrett’s strict Catholic faith may work against her, especially on the abortion issue. 

    McConnell needs every Republican vote to a justice confirmed and moderate Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski support abortion rights.  

    The Senate leader has told Trump that Kethledge and Hardiman have the fewest obstacles to confirmation, The New York Times reported.

    Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell is said to be concerned Judges Kavanaugh or Barrett cannot be confirmed

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      Kethledge’s background appears to appeal to both Trump and the Senate.

      Although he lacks the Ivy League pedigree – he went to University of Michigan Law School – he’s a hunter, a fisherman and an outdoorsman, traits not to be discounted as it would make it hard for Democrats in the Senate like Sen. Jon Tester or Heidi Heitkamp to oppose him.  

      And he is has one other thing going for him, Trump is said to love him. 

      A source familiar with the interviews the president conducted last week told Politico Trump ‘loved’ Kethledge and hit it off with him.

      ‘Simple math tells you if John McCain is absent it’s a 50/49 Senate. One Republican senator can decide the fate of any Supreme Court nominee,’ Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday morning.  

      McConnell has spoken to Trump or White House Counsel Don McGahn, or both, every day since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he was retiring from the court, according to the Times. 

      The senator has told the two men there is no margin of error on the pick because the timing of the Senate’s court vote is so close to an election that could hand control of the chamber to Democrats.

      Three red-state Senate Democrats up for re-election this year voted to confirm Gorsuch and McConnell is hopeful they will support the next nominee. But he is prepared to go forward with only Republican votes, which is why he is sounding notes of caution about Kavanaugh and Barrett.

      Republican senators, in the meanwhile, took to the influential Sunday public affairs shows to argue any of the four contenders could get confirmed. 

      ‘Republicans are holding four lottery tickets, and all of them are winners,’ Sen. Lindsay Graham said on ‘Fox News Sunday.’

      And Republican Sen Roy Blunt said on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’: ‘I think we can confirm any of the four names being mentioned.’ 

      Additionally, Leonard Leo, who is on leave from the Federalist Society to aide Trump in selecting a justice, said on ABC’s ‘This Week’ that he’s confident the president and ‘can get anybody confirmed.’ 

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