Trump To Name His Supreme Court Choice Next Week
- Author: Audrey Hill Jan 25, 2017,
Jan 25, 2017, 1:46
As he signed four executive orders in the Oval Office, Trump told reporters that he would select who would fill the bench later this week from a shortlist.
Schumer has come under GOP fire for indicating that he would be willing to leave the Supreme Court seat open if Trump doesn't appoint a "mainstream" nominee.
A person familiar with the selection process said that the three judges, all white men who sit on federal appeals courts, were on the list of 21 potential high court picks Trump announced during the presidential campaign.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who participated in Tuesday's meeting with Trump, said Sunday he was willing to block Republicans from confirming Trump's eventual Supreme Court nomination.
Pryor, 54, is an Alabama-based judge on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Gorsuch was appointed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals by President George W. Bush in 2006.
ABC News reported Tuesday that conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Colorado-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has emerged as a possible leading contender for the seat that has now been vacant for almost one year. Republicans did not hold a confirmation hearing or Senate floor vote for Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's choice to succeed Scalia, who died February 13.
Trump was scheduled to meet later Tuesday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Sen. Dianne Feinstein to discuss the court vacancy. "I appreciate his soliciting our advice".
Still stinging from that unprecedented blockade, Democrats have said they would consider returning the favor for Trump's pick.
President Donald Trump says he will announce his choice to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court "sometime next week".
Democrats could hold the high court seat open under Senate rules with 41 votes, since it would take 60 votes to overcome a filibuster and allow a vote on the nominee.
"We have a number of outstanding candidates", Trump said.
Of the three leading candidates, only Pryor faced significant opposition to his appellate nomination. In 2005, the Senate confirmed him 53-45, after senators reached an agreement to curtail delaying tactics for appellate judgeships.
Pryor is said to be under fire from the right for his decision to join the majority in an opinion that protected transgender citizens from workplace discrimination, according to Politico.