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

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

While the U.S. Senate once required a 60-vote supermajority to overcome blocking tactics against Supreme Court nominees, the Republican majority changed the rules past year during the debate on Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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.

Trump did not name who the finalists are but pundits have suggested there four who likely made the cut: Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

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.

Trump is set to announce his nominee to fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy in a prime-time televised address Monday.

Mr. Thapar was on the shortlist of candidates after Judge Antonin Scalia died in 2016. Just days after his inauguration in January 2017 he nominated the conservative justice Neil Gorsuch to the court.

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"Am I optimistic that [Trump is] going to nominate somebody that I would feel comfortable about?" said McCaskill.

"Let's say it's the four people", Trump said. "I think it's a bit of a scare tactic and rank speculation more than anything else". 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. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

He said he believes that any of the four candidates on the short list will dismantle Roe v. Wade and other hard-fought rights.

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

The son of Indian-American immigrants, Thapar is the Nation's first Article III judge of South Asian descent.

Breitbart News has learned that, in private conversations with left-leaning reporters, McConnell is pushing the notion that Judge Raymond Kethledge will be unlikely to raise the ire of his Senate colleagues, potentially sparing him a confirmation battle in an election year.

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