THREE LEFT: Trump Narrows Supreme Court Pick, Announcement Coming MONDAY

Donald Trump interviews Indian American Amul Thapar for SC justice nominee

Donald Trump interviews Indian American Amul Thapar for SC justice nominee

Lee also was an assistant USA attorney in Salt Lake City and general counsel to former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, as well as serving as a lawyer in private practice. Some conservative groups have objected to Kavanaugh over a past ObamaCare ruling.

The senior administration official, though, said the administration is feeling less heat than earlier in this week over the choices, particularly Kavanaugh, and believes the jockeying in general has calmed somewhat. She is also a devout Catholic with seven children, and her religious beliefs came up in last year's confirmation hearing for her current post. Any GOP defections could begin to doom a nominee. Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, said: "Like Justice Gorsuch, all of the men and women on President Trump's judicial list are the best and brightest in their field".

"The Democrats have made pretty clear that even without a nominee that they want to make this a policy issue - that they want to see the policies they want coming from the court", one Judiciary Republican aide says.

And while it appears that Senator Lee is now also a part of the short list, he has no judicial experience, while all other assumed contenders do. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who has expressed reservations about one top potential nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, according to a person familiar with the call but not authorized to publicly disclose details of it.

Trump has said he'll choose his nominee from a list of 25 candidates vetted by conservative groups.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) penned an op-ed on Thursday urging President Donald Trump to consider appointing his Republican colleague, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, a fellow conservative and close friend who was confirmed last week to be on Trump's shortlist and has been interviewed for the job.

Cruz said President George H.W. Bush's selection of liberal David Souter was "one of the most consequential errors of his presidency".

The person with knowledge of Schumer's call also told Fox News that the Senate Democratic leader warned Trump not to nominate a judge who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case legalizing abortion nationwide, or overturn ObamaCare. White House spokesman Raj Shah did not identify the three people who spoke with the president on Tuesday.

The senator stated Lee was the only candidate being considered by the president who would be a "sure thing" and was likely to fire up "conservative voters" ahead of the midterm elections. Both Kethledge and Gorsuch once served Kennedy as law clerks, as did Kavanaugh. Larsen previously taught at the Pritzker School of Law, as well as the University of Michigan School of Law.

Trump has said that on July 9 he will name a nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Recognizing the stakes, many Democrats have lined up in opposition to any Trump pick.

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