Another candidate Trump had considered previously is Amul Thapar. He was a district court judge in Kentucky – the first federal judge of South Asian descent – before Trump appointed him to the Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit in 2017.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump promised to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, a longtime goal of conservative activists. Even with the current conservative majority, the court voted 5-4 in July to strike down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law.
Trump has already appointed two justices: Neil Gorsuch in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh in 2018. Kavanaugh was narrowly confirmed after a heated confirmation process in which he angrily denied accusations by a California university professor, Christine Blasey Ford, that he had sexually assaulted her in 1982 when the two were high school students in Maryland.
SENATE RACES IN FOCUS
House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler on Saturday said that rushing a court pick through the Senate if Democrats win in November would be “undemocratic.”
He said on Twitter: “Congress would have to act and expanding the court would be the right place to start.”
With Democrats fighting hard to win control of the narrowly divided Senate, confirmation votes could also add pressure to incumbent Republican senators in competitive election races, including Collins and Arizona’s Martha McSally.
Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a Republican who is not up for re-election this cycle, told local media on Friday, prior to Ginsburg’s death, that she would not vote for a Supreme Court nominee so close to the election.
(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley and Steve Holland in Washington; Andrea Shalal in Fayetteville, N.C. Additional reporting by Rick Cowan, Alexandre Alper and David Shepardson in Washington,; Editing by Scott Malone, Daniel Wallis and David Gregorio)