Trump 'very close' to decision on Supreme Court pick

Report Sen. Mike Lee no longer in serious consideration for the Supreme Court opening

In the course of the 2016 election, Trump made changing the face of the United States supreme court a key campaign pledge that was instrumental in firing up his base of right-wing conservative voters.

Trump is likely to announce his nominees to replace Kennedy on Monday.

While it is still very early, McCaskill has the slightest edge over Hawley in RealClearPolitics' average, 45 percent to 43.3 percent.

Battle lines have been drawn over the future of abortion in America on the eve of President Trump's nomination of a second justice to the USA supreme court that could put the landmark 1973 ruling Roe v Wade in jeopardy. Other finalists are said to be appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman. Leonard Leo, the vice president of the conservative Federalist Society who selected Trump's longlist of 25 candidates for the supreme court, told ABC's This Week that warnings about Roe v Wade were a "scare tactic". Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

The first two are the top contenders for the position, the report said. I do think the president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here.

But Trump himself has said he wants to put people on the court who support overturning the landmark 1973 decision that granted women the constitutional right to have an abortion.

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"I'll have a decision made in my mind by Sunday". "And I think we can take this call to action to the American people, take our case to them".

"Nobody really knows", he said.

Kavanaugh, 53, was picked by former Republican President George W. Bush to serve on the influential Washington-based appeals court in 2003.

"If all the Republicans stick together", Chris Coons, a Democratic senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, "they will be able to confirm whomever President Trump nominates". In addition to wanting to preserve Roe v. Wade, he said, the public wants "protections for millions of Americans" on health care.

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

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