Aides and advisers say he likes them for different reasons.
President Donald Trump is in the process of picking a replacement for outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and at least two MI judges are being closely considered. Some were confirmed by the Senate for their federal posts as recently as past year.
A member of the Indian-American minority, not part of the traditional ruling elite, and a strong conservative who has an originalist view of the U.S Constitution, Mr. Thapar fits in Mr. Trump's plans smoothly.
One set of possible picks hail from a throwback era, having won confirmation to their federal court posts by overwhelming votes last decade with the support of dozens of Democrats still serving today in the Senate. A Yale Law graduate to Gorsuch's Harvard, they served together as law clerks to retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
"Donald Trump has been crystal clear".
It is remarkable how much opposition (41 percent) there is among Republican voters to the party's long-sought-after goal of removing constitutional protection for abortion. He also pointed to Barrett's past statements on the Affordable Care Act and contraception. His contention that presidents should be free from lawsuits and investigations likely pleases Trump but will confound Democrats. Part of the reason Mr Trump can move so quickly is that he already has a list of names to draw from - a list first compiled during his general election campaign in 2016 and supplemented in the almost two years since. Trump said that he may interview one or two candidates this weekend at his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey. Being a woman may box in Democrats.
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The fact that Lee is a Senator means that he could, possibly, be voting on his own confirmation as a Justice, if he were to become the nominee.
In the 7-2 Roe V. Wade decision, the majority said in its opinion that a woman's right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extends to her decision to terminate her pregnancy in the first two trimesters. A finalist for the job a year ago, he emerged with Kavanaugh as a leading contender for the next opening.
Barrett, 46, was a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor. He's known for his attention to detail in writing, which he often does from a remote, Internet-free cabin. Though major cases on Obamacare and same-sex marriage came through his circuit, he did not serve on the panels considering them. That decision was overturned by the full appeals court a few days later. He is expected to announce his decision on Monday. Interviewed by Trump during the process that led to the nomination and appointment of Gorsuch, he is the preferred choice of Senate majority leader and fellow Kentuckian Mitch McConnell. He is a strong writer. The 1973 ruling legalized abortion across America.
Hardiman has served on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since 2007, after being appointed by President George W. Bush and winning unanimous approval in the Senate. Maryanne Trump Barry, the president's sister, served with him until her retirement. Kethledge, a Michigan Law graduate, would add academic diversity to a court steeped in the Ivy League.
Minuses: His star appears to be fading.
"We need a Supreme Court justice that's going to uphold the values of our democracy, enforce our nation's laws that protect her health, the clean air and the clean water she needs to thrive".