according to a person with knowledge of the meetings who was not authorized to speak publicly about them.
President Donald Trump spoke with three more potential Supreme Court candidates on Tuesday as a key senator privately aired concerns about one of the contenders. Trump has said he will announce his nominee on July 9 and that he will make his selection from a list of candidates compiled by conservative legal activists. Stevens, who served on the federal appeals court based in Chicago before joining the Supreme Court, told an interviewer in 2011 that serving as a judge again in retirement wasn't for him.
President Trump has reportedly also interviewed Sen. Lee also was an assistant US attorney in Salt Lake City and general counsel to former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, as well as serving as a lawyer in private practice.
He co-authored a book with Army veteran Michael Erwin of The Positivity Project published previous year called "Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude" in which he describes himself as an introvert. Lee spokesman Conn Carroll confirmed that the two spoke Monday while Lee was in Utah.
Trump has said that he will announce his choice next Monday.
But Judge Amy Coney Barrett is not a symbol or a meme. Republican and Democratic leaders traded accusations and barbed comments Thursday on the new vacancy, abortion rights and the debate to come.
NARAL Pro-Choice America plans to take out full-page ads in four ME newspapers highlighting the issue.
President Trump is still deciding who he will appoint to serve on the Supreme Court, and left-leaning groups are already mobilizing in opposition. "You never know how that's going to turn out", Trump said.
Collins and Alaska Sen. A Yale Law graduate to Gorsuch's Harvard, they served together as law clerks to retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
The social media push is an effort to press the moderate Republican senator to vote against any Supreme Court nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that established a constitutional right to abortion.
This year, however, even the Court's anxiously awaited rulings on the Trump administration's "travel ban", the free-speech rights of crisis pregnancy centers, the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering, and the ability of public-sector unions to require financial support from non-members faded quickly from the conversation.
The results undercut calls from Democratic members of Congress, who have pointed to the GOP's refusal to meet with former President Barack Obama's nominee ahead of the 2016 presidential election, to wait until after the elections to make a decision on the next Supreme Court justice.
The president spent the weekend at his Bedminster golf club, consulting with advisers, including White House counsel Don McGahn, as he considers his options to fill the vacancy with a justice who has the potential to be part of precedent-shattering court decisions on abortion, health care, gay marriage and other issues.
"They are outstanding people, they are really incredible people in so many different ways, academically and every other way and I had a very, very interesting morning", he said, according to White House pool reports. The Washington Post first reported the identities of the candidates Trump spoke with.