President Trump says he will begin interviewing potential Supreme Court justices today and that he intends to officially nominate his candidate to the nation’s highest court in just one week.
If this timeline plays out, Mr. Trump will have named his nominee ahead of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, which goes into effect on July 31. Kennedy announced his retirement last Wednesday.
CBS News has learned that D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Chicago Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett are currently Mr. Trump’s leading contenders for the appointment to the nation’s highest court.
Kavanaugh and Barrett both appear on Mr. Trump’s list of 25 possible nominees and he’s said he plans to interview about half a dozen potential candidates before announcing his selection.