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Aaron Brown
July 6, 2018

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett is on President Donald Trump's list of potential Supreme Court nominees. He's interviewed a number of those candidates in recent days and sources said he's looking at three in particular: Judges Barrett, Kavanaugh and Kethledge. He conducted interviews Monday and Tuesday. Another official also said Judge Amul Thapar remains under consideration and left open the possibility the president could always expand the list. Supporters are "fired up" over the vacancy, she says.

Fox reports Kavanaugh, Kethledge and Barrett are now the front-runners.

Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mold of Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee previous year.

Barrett, a former law clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, won Senate conformation October 31 on 55-43 vote.

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The strategy is to convince Collins, who said she would not support a nominee who exhibits "hostility" toward Roe v. Wade, to vote against Trump's pick in hopes that other Republicans, including Sen. He was appointed in 2006 by George W. Bush. Some conservatives have been lobbying against him, worrying that his upbringing in the suburbs of Washington could mean he's the kind of justice who has disappointed conservatives before. If nominated and confirmed, Kethledge would become the only judge on the current Supreme Court who did not receive a law degree from Harvard or Yale. For Democrats to take back the Senate in November, McCaskill's party would need to hold all of their 26 seats up for election and win two of the nine Republican seats in play.

"I tend to agree with those who say that a justice's duty is to the Constitution and that it is thus more legitimate for her to enforce her best understanding of the Constitution rather than a precedent she thinks clearly in conflict with it", Barrett wrote in 2013.

Separately, Coney Barrett has earned a sharp rebuke from the left, amid concerns by abortion-rights groups that she would be likely to overturn Roe v. Wade. Conservative groups rallied around Barrett after her confirmation hearing a year ago featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions. Mike Lee, R-Utah would be a "sure thing".

Kethledge is also not another Harvard Law or Yale Law attendee, and with eight of those remaining on the court-Ruth Bader Ginsburg got her J.D. from Columbia, but her first two years were spent in Cambridge-the University of Michigan Law School credential sends an important message to the country.

On CNN's "State of the Union", Maine's senior senator said she would support nominees who consider Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that overturned laws criminalizing or restricting access to abortion, a settled matter.

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