President Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday that he has narrowed his list of potential Supreme Court nominees to just two or three people.
"I am interviewing some extraordinary talented and brilliant people and I'm very happy that we will pick somebody who will be outstanding for many years to come," Trump said.
Fox News has learned that Trump has completed the interview process after speaking with six judges: Appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett, Amul Thapar, Joan Larsen and Thomas Hardiman. The interviews involved seven conversations in all - Trump talked to one candidate twice.
Ed Whelan, President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, directs EPPC's program on The Constitution, the Courts, and the Culture. As a contributor to National Review Online's Bench Memos blog, he has been a leading commentator on nominations to the Supreme Court and the lower courts and on issues of constitutional law. Ed joins Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss the top three finalists for the Supreme Court Justice Nomination.
On who he is thinks is the front-runner: Well, I'm probably reading a lot of the same reports you are. I think its actually a bit of a black box and I'm hesitate to put too much weight on any of these reports. These reports often suggest that things are shifting day to day. My guess is there really isn't that much change. So, I've gotta say Guy we'll see on Monday. (00:35)
On the top three Kavanaugh, Kethledge, Barrett: Each is more than acceptable. Each is outstanding. Each should unify Conservative support. (1:53)
On criticism of Kavanough: Well, I think the criticisms are in a range from weak to meritless. Look, the David Souter mistake is to assume the hypothetical alternative to a real world candidate, who might have things you can contest, is a perfect candidate. That's how we got David Souter. The idea that Bret Kavanaugh or Raymond Kethledge or Amy Barrett would be a David Souter is absurd. (4:24)
On politics surrounding Supreme Court nomination: The challenge politically for the White House is to keep all of your Republican senators on board. If you do that winning a small handful of Red State Democrats is probably gonna be easy. And frankly, every Republican senator is going to have a strong incentive to support a highly qualified nominee from this president. (6:29)