Trump says search to replace Justice Kennedy ‘will begin immediately’

His nominee “will be somebody via of which list,” Trump added.

Two of the candidates on Trump’s current list, Judges Thomas Hardiman in addition to William Pryor, were the likely frontrunners alongside Gorsuch in January 2017, CBS News reported at the time.

Hardiman, 52, has served on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals since 2007, in addition to was a federal judge in a Pennsylvania district beforehand. Pryor, 54, has called the 1973 abortion rights ruling Roe v. Wade “the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history.”

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, can be also included on the list. In a statement to CNBC, Lee said he would certainly accept the nomination via Trump if of which were offered to him.

“I began watching Supreme Court arguments for fun when I was 10 years old. So if somebody asked me if I would certainly consider of which I would certainly not say no. although the president’s got a decision to make in addition to I trust his ability to make of which in addition to make of which well,” Lee said.

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