Conservative lawyers steer Trump on Supreme Court pick

Anti-abortion advocates rally outside of the Supreme Court during the March for Life

Anti-abortion advocates rally outside of the Supreme Court during the March for Life

"I've got it narrowed to about five", he said, including two women.

When asked about recently proposed changes to federal Title X family planning funds that help pay for reproductive healthcare for low-income women, more than half said they are against the changes.

In his Air Force One conversation with reporters, during the quick afternoon flight to New Jersey from Washington, Trump singled out one potential candidate for the court, Sen.

Republicans changed Senate rules past year to get Trump's conservative nominee Neil Gorsuch confirmed, lowering the threshold to advance Supreme Court nominations to a simple majority vote.

The move wouldn't be dissimilar from the Republican hijacking of a vacant Supreme Court seat that President Barack Obama attempted to fill in the previous year of his administration.

In the wise words of Maya Angelou, "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time".

"Mike Lee, he's an outstanding talent", Trump said.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a GOP gathering in Kentucky that the goal is to wrap up the confirmation in time for the nominee to join the court at the start of its next term in October.

White House aide Marc Short said on MSNBC that the White House hoped for a Senate confirmation vote in September.

Trump's allies have made clear he wants another justice in the Gorsuch mold.

"I'm not going to ask them that question", Trump said.

In the run-up to selecting Gorsuch, Trump met with three contenders and White House officials vetted several more.

The other senator who met with Trump, Republican Charles Grassley, is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which will consider any Trump choice.

The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative political campaign organization, launched a seven-figure ad buy Wednesday, aimed at vulnerable Democrats, said chief counsel and policy director Carrie Severino.

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Murkowski isn't rated as favorably among abortion rights groups, she has a 58-percent vote rating in 2018 from Planned Parenthood, but arguably there is no one in the Senate more independent than the Alaska Republican, and prouder of her reputation among women in her state.

"We'd be very happy if he'd pick any name on that list", said Severino.

Senate Democrats are calling to delay the vote until after the midterm elections, but McConnell has rejected their call and there is little Democrats can do to ultimately delay a vote.

If Trump is able to appoint a crucial fifth anti-woman justice to the Supreme Court, the fate of safe abortions for millions of women across the country will be jeopardized. And the White House is expressing optimism that some Democrats will ultimately come on board.

During the Gorsuch nomination, the White House took great pains to keep the public guessing on Trump's final choice, whisking Gorsuch to Washington on a military jet and having him stay quietly with friends, away from hotels.

With a little over a week before his big announcement, Trump is relishing the moment.

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