President Donald Trump wants everyone to tune in on Monday for his big SCOTUS reveal.
At the same time, Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, has quietly been lobbying the president against choosing Amy Coney Barrett, an appeals court judge and a Catholic mother of seven, according to The New York Times.
Per Phillips' report, one student said that he saw the pick "all over the news" and that the selection is someone who is racist.
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.
Mr. Thapar was on the shortlist of candidates after Judge Antonin Scalia died in 2016. McCaskill, a centrist Democrat who broke with her other red state colleagues by voting against Neil Gorsuch a year ago, insists that she has not already made up her mind to vote "no" against retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's successor.More news: The Meghan Markle British Accent Uproar Needs to Chill
Kavanaugh is said to have the inside track within the White House, including the support of White House Counsel Don McGahn, who's supervising the search. "But we're very close to making a decision". I think they're all outstanding. "And I think we can take this call to action to the American people, take our case to them".
Trump has teased details of his process in recent days, saying Thursday that he was down to four people and "of the four people, I have it down to three or two". Honestly, I could pick any of the 25 and they would be terrific. "The whole list is extraordinary", he said. "I'll give you the answer", Trump said.
For Trump, this was his second consecutive weekend in New Jersey.
Last year, Trump appointed Thapar, who sits on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals and a former United States Attorney, for the District of Kentucky and District Judge.
"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".