Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Amul Thapar Not On Donald Trump's Shortlist For US Supreme Court

Amul Thapar Not On Donald Trump's Shortlist For US Supreme Court

Justice Kennedy, 81, recently announced his retirement from the US Supreme Court.

In remarks on "Fox News Sunday", Graham lamented the expected resistance by Senate Democrats to a Trump nominee.

The source told Reuters that Amy Coney Barrett of IN, a Trump-appointed judge on the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was still IN contention but that the Republican president had been asking more questions about the other two, who have more extensive judicial records.

The president has also said previously to reporters that he has narrowed the pool, saying on Thursday "of the four people, I have it down to three or two".

While final nominees will be known only when Mr Trump makes the announcement, this would be for the second time that Mr Thapar might not be able to make it to the final cut after being interviewed by Trump.

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Thapar was on the shortlist of candidates after judge Antonin Scalia died in 2016. McCaskill, a centrist Democrat who broke with her other red state colleagues by voting against Neil Gorsuch past year, insists that she has not already made up her mind to vote "no" against retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's successor.

This will be 6.30 am - Tuesday - local India time on July 10. "If you're a conservative Republican, the four people named, particularly Thomas Hardiman, I'm glad he's on the list, are all winners, and every Republican should embrace these picks".

"I'm getting very close to making a final decision", Trump said as he prepared to leave New Jersey, according to White House pool reports. "So I think it's a bit of a scare tactic and rank speculation more than anything else". "And I think we can take this call to action to the American people, take our case to them". All but one of the 25 people on the list are members of The Federalist Society, a national organization of conservative lawyers, and there's a clear pattern to judicial nominees being fed by the group: They are young, conservative and have records of being very opposed to abortion rights.

"It is extraordinary", Blumenthal said.

Amul Thapar is the US' first Article III judge of South Asian descent. We'll announce it on Monday. He was confirmed by the Senate 52-44.

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