Trump adviser dodges Roe v. Wade question on Supreme Court pick

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"I'm getting close to making a final decision and I believe the person will do a great job", he told reporters before boarding Air Force One to travel back to Washington from his New Jersey golf club.

The president is set to announce his Supreme Court nominee on Monday night. The White House hoped to keep the details under wraps until he rolls out his pick from the East Room. Other finalists are said to be appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman.

The president whittled the list from 25 names, selected and vetted by the hard-right leaning Federalist Society, after meeting the candidates individually and by talking to White House aides, conservative lawmakers and Vice President Pence.

"I've never seen a president of the United States in effect make himself a puppet of outside groups and choose from a group of right-wing fringe ideologues that are prepared on this list", the CT lawmaker said on ABC just moments after Leo's interview.

"Am I optimistic that [Trump is] going to nominate somebody that I would feel comfortable about?" said McCaskill. On Saturday, he tweeted that a "Big decision" was coming soon.

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The first two are the top contenders for the position, the report said. "They're good judges. I think they'd be fine justices of the Supreme Court". I've argued cases before the Supreme Court for them. "And I expect we will do that on sort of a normal timetable, a couple of months".

Kavanaugh, 53, was picked by former Republican President George W. Bush to serve on the influential Washington-based appeals court in 2003. Barrett has excited social conservatives since she was questioned about her Roman Catholic faith in her nomination hearings a year ago, but her brief time on the bench has raised questions.

In an earlier interview on "This Week", Stephanopoulos asked Leonard Leo, who is on leave from the conservative Federalist Society to advise Trump on his Supreme Court pick, about the concern that anyone on Trump's list of potential nominees would oppose Roe v. Wade.

Leo said, however, that Trump would ultimately succeed at lining up conservative support for anyone he selected. "He thinks Kethledge would be easy to confirm because Kethledge is not a consistent conservative".

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