THREE LEFT: Trump Narrows Supreme Court Pick, Announcement Coming MONDAY

Ted Cruz in background with Mike Lee looking inquisitive

"So it makes it all the more important that we get someone who is going to be a person of integrity and someone who is going to make a decision based on precedent, based on the rule of law, and not someone who is ideological", said Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Among those believed to be on the short list are federal appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Amul Thapar.

Trump's process has echoes of his search for a Supreme Court justice a year ago - he eventually nominated Neil M. Gorsuch - and his consideration of a running mate during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Since then, Kavanaugh has worked in the George W. Bush (43) administration, helping him in the Florida recount, as well as at the Justice Department. All in all, Kethledge appears to be the same kind of conventional conservative that the other people on the President's list.

The Senate is tasked with vetting and ultimately confirming or rejecting whomever Trump chooses to fill the vacancy on America's highest court.

"Two issues of ... profound effect, which could well defeat a nominee who opposes them, are the fate of affordable health care and a woman's freedom to make the most sensitive medical decisions about her body", he wrote in a New York Times op-ed Monday. "I'm very, very happy with them and we will pick somebody who will be outstanding, hopefully for many years to come", he said.

The White House is preparing promotional campaigns for multiple candidates, including Kavanaugh, Barrett, Kethledge and Hardiman, who sits on the same circuit as Trump's sister, Maryanne Barry.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, said he intends to hold hearings and vote on the president's pick this fall.

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Cruz's antidote to the mistakes of the past is to pick a nominee who is a known factor, someone who is "battle-tested, ready, and willing to serve: Sen". Rand Paul of Kentucky, about the process. Kennedy, a conservative who sometimes sided with the court's liberals on divisive social issues such as gay rights and abortion, was a key figure on the nine-justice court. "Judge Kethledge has also criticized judicial activism, which is when judges insert their own policy views into their decisions rather than applying our laws and Constitution as they were written and understood at the time they were enacted".

Working closely with a White House team and consulting with lawmakers and outside advisers, Trump has spent the week deliberating on the choice.

With the Senate narrowly divided, 51-49, in favor of Republicans, Trump's announcement will set off a contentious confirmation process as Republicans seek to shift the court to the right and Democrats strive to block that effort.

On the issues, while Kavanaugh has certainly stood for many conservative causes, some have voiced concern that he isn't reliably conservative enough.

"He looks, walks and quacks like John G. Roberts Jr.", said former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli II, referencing the chief justice of the United States, who angered conservatives with his rulings on President Barack Obama's signature health-care law.

Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mold of Gorsuch. So with his background, with his credentials - he's a former clerk to Justice Kennedy. Additionally, three Democrats - including Donnelly and Manchin - supported Barrett when Trump nominated her to the bench past year. And he was the runner-up for the Supreme Court seat that went to Justice Gorsuch. He has a personal connection to the president, having served with Trump's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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