Here Are Trump’s Reported ‘Final Four’ Picks for Supreme Court Justice


President Donald Trump is set to announce his pick for Supreme Court Justice on Monday night at 9 p.m., following the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

As of Sunday, Trump said he had yet to make a decision on who to nominate.

He did however, let slip that four are under consideration, and most reports indicate the final candidates are current appellate judges Brett Kavanaugh of the DC Circuit, Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit, Raymond Kethledge of the Sixth Circuit, and Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

NBC News reported on Sunday night that Kavanaugh and Hardiman are getting the most attention in the decision-making process.

Kavanaugh is a former clerk to Anthony Kennedy, and was the principle author of the Ken Starr report on Bill Clinton‘s affair with Monica Lewinsky. But there’s one qualification that could prove a problem for the judge: his ties to the Bush family have reportedly raised Trump’s suspicions.

Hardiman is a “late addition” to Trump’s final four, per the New York Times, but he was the runner-up to Justice Neil Gorsuch last year. He’s been pushed into the spotlight in recent days, and the president reportedly likes his personal story (Hardiman was the first in his family to attend university, and drove a cab to pay his way through).

Check back in with Mediaite for coverage of Trump’s decision tonight.

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