Trump to make Supreme Court pick next Thursday

Trump to make Supreme Court pick next Thursday
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President Trump on Wednesday said he will announce his choice for a Supreme Court nominee next week.

"I will be making my Supreme Court pick on Thursday of next week," Trump tweeted. "Thank you!"

Trump's shortlist to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat is said to include Judge William Pryor of Alabama, Judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado and Judge Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania. 

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Republicans will need at least eight Democrats to support Trump's nominee to overcome the 60-vote filibuster hurdle.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO’Rourke rockets to second place on CNN analysts' 2020 Dem rankings, Harris remains first Senators prepare for possibility of Christmas in Washington during a shutdown Biden to discuss 2020 bid with family over holidays: report MORE (R-Texas) said Tuesday that Republicans should fight to get Trump's coming Supreme Court nominee confirmed by any means necessary. He suggested the GOP shouldn't rule out the so-called nuclear option to reduce the threshold for confirmation.

In 2013, Democrats, who at the time held the majority in the Senate, triggered the nuclear option to confirm several of President Obama's nominees. The move did not apply to the Supreme Court.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said recently he regrets Democrats' 2013 decision, which is now easing the confirmation of President Trump's Cabinet nominees.

On Tuesday afternoon, the president met with Senate leaders ahead of his Supreme Court announcement.

Schumer and Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate Dems urge Trump to continue nuclear arms control negotiations after treaty suspension Senate Intel leaders ask judge not to jail former aide amid leak investigation Dems demand Pompeo brief Congress on whether he discussed Assange with Ecuadorian official MORE (D-Calif.) stressed after the meeting they want the president to pick a "mainstream" nominee to fill the high court's ninth seat.