09 July, 2018
A leading Democratic senator suggested that President Donald Trump is making himself "a puppet" by selecting a Supreme Court nominee from a list compiled by conservative groups.
President Trump has said he'll name a candidate on July 9, but many students criticized the nonexistent nominee when asked for their opinion, Phillips reported.
While final nominees will be known only when Mr. Trump makes the announcement, this would be for the second time that Mr. Thapar was not able to make the final cut after being interviewed by Mr. Trump.
Thapar was on the shortlist of candidates after judge Antonin Scalia died in 2016.
Savoring the suspense, Trump has sought to keep people guessing in the final hours, hoping to replicate his successful announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch past year.
Talking to reporters travelling with him to Montana overseas Air Force One, Trump said he had interviewed some "extraordinarily talented and brilliant" people during the process.
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The president and White House officials involved in the process have fielded calls and messages and have been on the receiving end of public pleas and op-eds for or against specific candidates since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer. "We've been talking about this for 36 years going all the way back to the nomination of Sandra O'Connor, and after that you only have a single individual on the court who has expressly said he would overturn Roe".
Trump has teased details of his process in recent days, saying Thursday that he was down to four people and "of the four people, I have it down to three or two".
"I think we can confirm any of the four names being mentioned", Blunt said on NBC's "Meet the Press". "Big decision will soon be made on our next Justice of the Supreme Court!" he wrote. Honestly, I could pick any of the 25 and they would be terrific.
"It is extraordinary", Blumenthal said. "I'm going to make an independent judgement".
Barrett, who was appointed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals just past year, is the youngest of the three final candidates and is the conservative favorite.
The number of pages is said to run into the millions, which McConnell fears could hand Senate Democrats an opportunity to delay the confirmation vote until after the new session of the court begins in October, with the midterm elections looming the next month.
Amul Thapar is the US' first Article III judge of South Asian descent.