On President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, White House spokesman Sean Spicer says ''I think that he's going to appoint a quality associate justice that hopefully will achieve overwhelming support.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: President Donald Trump, poised to restore the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court, said on Tuesday (January 24) he would announce his pick next week, with three federal appeals court judges among those under close consideration. "His goal is that he's going to choose someone who hopefully I think everybody recognizes is a jurist that's going to adhear to the constitution and not legislate from the bench and that which should achieve bipartisan support," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said. Trump planned to meet with Senate leaders on Tuesday at the White House to discuss his nomination to fill the lingering court vacancy caused by the death more than 11 months ago of long-serving conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. The lifetime appointment as a Supreme Court justice requires Senate confirmation. Leonard Leo, a conservative lawyer advising Trump, said the president "has definitely narrowed his focus" and is "looking very seriously" at a short list of candidates. Among the frontrunners are three conservative jurists: Neil Gorsuch, a judge on the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Thomas Hardiman, who serves on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; and William Pryor, a judge on the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "Judges Gorsuch and Hardiman and Pryor have received a lot of attention from the president. He knows who they are. He is familiar with their records. He's clearly impressed with their backgrounds," Leo said. All three were appointed to the bench by Republican former President George W. Bush.