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WASHINGTON President Donald Trump said he will
announce his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, two
days earlier than previously planned, as he looks to put his
imprint on the ideological leaning of the court by restoring its
Trump, in a Twitter post on Monday, said he would unveil at
8 p.m. (0100 GMT) on Tuesday his pick to fill the lingering
vacancy on the court left by the death in February 2016 of
conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
Three conservative U.S. appeals court judges appointed to
the bench by Republican former President George W. Bush are
among those under close consideration by Trump. They are: Neil
Gorsuch, a judge on the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals; Thomas Hardiman, who serves on the Philadelphia-based
3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; and William Pryor, a judge on
the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The nominee must be confirmed for the lifetime post by the
U.S. Senate, which is controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans
with a 52-48 majority. Democrats, however, could use procedural
hurdles to try to block the nomination.
Representatives for the White House has no immediate
response to a request for comment.
Trump previously said he would announce his nominee on
(Additional reporting by Susan Heavey and Doina Chiacu)
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