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Donald Trump speaks with 3 more potential Supreme Court candidates

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He has not yet publicly indicated that he has narrowed the list and could still consider others in the mix. Sen.

The senator's office confirmed that he spoke with President Trump on Monday - and while the White House made reference to the call, further details weren't disclosed by the administration. "On Monday I will be announcing my decision for Justice of the United States Supreme Court!". The person did not specify which candidates Pence met with and spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday to describe the private search process.

The president is choosing from a list of 25 candidates vetted by conservative groups.

A new report from a conservative news outlet says President Donald Trump is no longer seriously considering Sen. Lee also was an assistant USA attorney in Salt Lake City and general counsel to former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, as well as serving as a lawyer in private practice. "We're going to hit a home run", said Trump. The White House did not characterize that call as an interview, and Lee is not viewed as a top prospect.

"No other candidate has his combination of record, ability and a sure-fire path to confirmation - and no other candidate would excite conservative voters this November more than someone they know and trust, like Mike Lee", Cruz wrote for Fox News.

"And even if some of these Republicans did oppose Lee - even just one - I think that boil needs to be lanced", he said.

"The way we're looking at it is this: If we do a good enough job, we'll make it obvious enough that Collins or Murkowski will be the deciding vote on whether Roe v. Wade is overturned", one Democratic aide tells TIME, referring to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case on abortion. "If the present Senate is unwilling to confirm the best nominee, then the seat can remain vacant during the election, and the people will elect a Senate who will confirm the best nominee".

To Cruz, Lee stands out as a consistent constitutionalist, respected by his colleagues in the Senate, and a candidate who would keep Trump's promises to the American people to "nominate justices 'in the mold of Scalia and Thomas'". Recognizing the stakes, many Democrats have lined up in opposition to any Trump pick, and Republican lawmakers and activists are seeking to shape the president's decision.

Tapping into Trump's understanding of the importance of the choice, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told the president this week that nominating someone hostile to abortion access, or the 2010 health care law, would tarnish his legacy. Larsen previously taught at the Pritzker School of Law, as well as the University of Michigan School of Law.

Kavanaugh, 53, was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2006 by President George W. Bush, for whom he previously worked in the White House. She is also a devout Catholic with seven children, and her religious beliefs came up in last year's confirmation hearing for her current post.

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