Have not made it final.
While Democrats are flailing, Trump can hardly lose.
"The president was very impressed with Barrett but said on a number of occasions it might be best to save her for a future vacancy", the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The last-minute jockeying by lawmakers and other political stakeholders played right into the reality show-like gamesmanship surrounding President Trump's choice for Supreme Court nominee - right down to a blast from the past re-emerging on Trump's list of finalists.
His Supreme Court shortlist is said to include conservative Appeals Court Judges Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge. Momentum appeared to be with Kavanaugh and Hardiman, though the process remained fluid. The White House has been preparing information materials on all four, who were part of a longer list of 25 names vetted by conservative groups. Senate Republicans hold only a 51-49 majority, leaving them hardly any margin if Democrats hold the line. Relishing the suspense, Trump insisted he still hadn't locked down his decision, which he wants to keep under wraps until a 9 p.m. Monday announcement from the White House.More news: Most senior Brexit official quits United Kingdom government
One Democrat from a red state, Alabama's Doug Jones, told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that he did not rule out voting for Trump's nominee. Kennedy, a member of the Judiciary Committee, which will get the first chance to question the nominee, predicted a "rough, tough, down in the dirt, ear-pulling, nose-biting fight".
"There's nobody that President Trump could nominate from a conservative vent that will get many Democratic votes". Of the court's liberal justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer turns 80 next month, so Trump may well get another opportunity to cement conservative dominance of the court for years to come.
Barrett is considered the favorite of social conservatives, including pro-life activists. At the top of that list is abortion. That decision was later overturned.
A person familiar with the selection process earlier indicated Trump was narrowing the field, with Barrett the least likely among the four to be chosen. "I was not elected to genuflect to the hard right, who are funded by corporate America".
That increases the focus on two Republicans - Sen. He now works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling.More news: Timehop database breach exposed details of 21 million users
But Leo said Monday morning, about 12 hours before Trump is slated to reveal his pick in a prime-time East Room ceremony at the White House, that "all are confirmable in the Senate".
The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), whose leaders pushed Justice Neil Gorsuch over the finish line a year ago, are getting their war chests ready. He was said to be the leading contender in the days after Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement.
Hardiman could also have one important advocate. He was also said to be strongly interested in Kavanaugh. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Republicans will be looking to win their votes once more after a confirmation hearing that is expected to take place before the midterm elections.
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