Trump Unveils Court Pick on Monday

There's only one legitimate nominee to the Supreme Court Merrick Garland

There's only one legitimate nominee to the Supreme Court Merrick Garland

They'd need to satisfy anti-Trump liberal voters demanding a battle royale against his selection while allowing Heitkamp, Manchin and Donnelly latitude to make their own voting decisions.

"When the president presents the Senate with his choice for the Supreme Court, I will thoroughly review the record and qualifications of that nominee", Donnelly said in a readout of the meeting. "You can't go wrong".

The president is choosing from a list of 25 candidates vetted by conservative groups.

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake does not see a catastrophe for McCaskill if she rejects a Trump nominee for reasons that include abortion rights. He tweeted later Sunday that he was looking forward to the announcement and said an "exceptional person will be chosen!" Last year, Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia were the only three Democrats to break from their party and vote to confirm Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. He is actually, interestingly enough, a longtime colleague on the 3rd Circuit with Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who happens to be Donald Trump's older sister. But Trump's final decision remained far from clear, and the president wants to keep the guessing game going. And some reports say the president has narrowed the field to two or three and Lee is not among them.

Reid's move was so inflammatory - it is known as the nuclear option - that it came with a warning from McConnell on the Senate floor: "I say to my friends on the other side of the aisle, you will regret this, and you may regret it a lot sooner than you think". "And I think of the four people I have it down to three or two".

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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. After Democrats won control of the Senate and the White House, they set about trying to fill court vacancies - particularly on the D.C. Circuit - with judges so left-wing they knew they could not meet the 60-vote "standard". As I said, if the president wants to meet with me, I'm ready to participate and advocate for North Dakota. "And I expect we will do that on sort of a normal timetable, a couple of months".

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 ever since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer. But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions.

Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them".

Multiple sources told Fox News that while Lee is on the president's broader list of 25 potential candidates he has vowed to choose from, he is not now under consideration to replace Kennedy. And for the optics-obsessed president, the timely judicial fight offers him the opportunity to do what he does best - take center stage in a massive show.

The Democrats' first mistake was to launch unprecedented filibusters against President George W. Bush's appellate court nominees, starting with his 2001 nomination of Miguel Estrada for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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