Trump’s Supreme Court candidates: Meet the potential nominees

Trump's Supreme Court candidates: Meet the potential nominees

Media using the Supreme Court to play identity politics? President Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday that he has narrowed his list of potential Supreme Court nominees to just two or three people. “I am interviewing some extraordinary talented and brilliant people and I’m very happy that we will pick somebody who will be outstanding for many years to come,” Trump said. Fox News has learned that Trump has completed the interview process after speaking with six judges: Appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett, Amul Thapar, Joan Larsen and Thomas Hardiman. The interviews involved seven conversations in all – Trump talked to one candidate twice. Among those being closely scrutinized are Hardiman, Barrett and Kavanaugh. Here’s what we know about them: Thomas Hardiman, blue-collar appeal Judge Thomas Hardiman may have more humble personal roots than other finalists, but his legal record is just as strong. His supporters note he was the first in his family to attend college, and drove a taxi to finance his law school education. The fact that he did not attend an Ivy League school (unlike every current member of the high court and the late Justice Antonin Scalia) may appeal to Trump’s stated populist sentiments. Some commentators compare Hardiman favorably to Justice Samuel Alito in terms of personality and jurisprudence. Both served on the 3rd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The issues the Massachusetts native has tackled include gun rights. In a 2016 ruling, he backed a […]

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