President Trump interviewed four candidates to take Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s place on the Supreme Court on Monday as the White House raced to meet the president’s promise to announce a replacement for the retiring justice early next week, the New York Times reports.
The White House refused to disclose the names of whom the president met with at the White House, but one of the candidates, according to two people briefed on the vetting process, was Judge Amul R. Thapar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The president met alone with Judge Thapar for 45 minutes, they said, as he did with the three other candidates he interviewed.
The president’s short list appears to also include the federal appeals court judges Thomas M. Hardiman of the Third Circuit, William H. Pryor Jr. of the 11th Circuit, Brett M. Kavanaugh of the District of Columbia Circuit, Joan L. Larsen of the Sixth Circuit and Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit. Read more at the New York Times.