The Republican leader in the Senate is trying to steer Donald Trump away from picking a Supreme Court justice open to overturning abortion rights, fearing that the most controversial choice could provoke a bitter confirmation battle. Foreseeing inevitable news break-ins to offer coverage and analysis, broadcasters are rejiggering their primetime lineups so as to keep too much fresh summer fare from being preempted.
"This is a nightmare for red-state Democrats to oppose a highly qualified nominee, and all four of these people are highly qualified-been on the court, know what they're doing, mainstream judges", Mr.
Top contenders for the role have included federal appeals judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.
Thapar was on the shortlist of candidates after judge Antonin Scalia died in 2016.
Today, Graham said all of the possible Supreme Court Justice picks on President Trump's list are "outstanding" and each one is a "winning lottery ticket" for Republicans.
Talking to reporters travelling with him to Montana overseas Air Force One, Mr Trump said he has interviewed some "extraordinarily talented and brilliant" people during the process.
Kavanaugh is said to have the inside track within the White House, including the support of White House Counsel Don McGahn, who's supervising the search. "I've never seen a president of the United States in effect make himself a puppet of outside groups and choose from a group of right-wing fringe ideologues that are prepared on this list".
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"Other people, I think they just want to go along with the flow and make themselves sound intelligent and smart", he said. "I think it's a bit of a scare tactic and rank speculation more than anything else".
He said he believes that any of the four candidates on the short list will dismantle Roe v. Wade and other hard-fought rights. We'll announce it on Monday.
Mr Trump had on Friday discussed the nomination with Vice President Mike Pence in Bedminster, New Jersey.