Trump's Supreme Court Nomination to Preempt TV Programming

Report Sen. Mike Lee no longer in serious consideration for the Supreme Court opening

Report Sen. Mike Lee no longer in serious consideration for the Supreme Court opening

Indian-American judge Amul Thapar has not made it to the shortlist of three candidates from among which US President Donald Trump is likely to nominate his pick for the US Supreme Court justice, a media report said today.

Mr. Trump has reportedly narrowed his list down to four names: Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Judge Thomas Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Raymond Kethledge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Foreseeing inevitable news break-ins to offer coverage and analysis, broadcasters are rejiggering their primetime lineups so as to keep too much fresh summer fare from being preempted.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee that holds hearings on Supreme Court nominees, told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that Trump has "outsourced" his decision to the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. Of those, the shortlist is understood to have boiled down to four judges from various U.S. courts of appeal - Amy Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge. The three others were justices Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge.

Savoring the suspense, Trump has sought to keep people guessing in the final hours, hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch a year ago.

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".

"We're going to do it at 9 pm in the White House", he said.

Judge Raymond Kethledge of MI, who serves on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is seen in this 2017 photo released by Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.in New York, New York, U.S., July 6, 2018.

Asked about the details of the selection process, Mr Trump said he has it down to four people.

"It is extraordinary", Blumenthal said.

"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. On Sunday there was no indication that he had yet made his decision, as speculation continued to swirl around the appointment.

In his conversations over the weekend, Trump expressed renewed interest in Hardiman - the runner-up when Trump nominated Gorsuch, said two people with knowledge of his thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly.

Mr Trump had on Friday discussed the nomination with Vice President Mike Pence in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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