Reuters reported last week that conservative federal appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh and Kethledge are the two most serious contenders being considered by Trump for the U.S. Supreme Court, citing a source familiar with the process.
The only problem is, he hasn't announced his nominee yet.
At the same time, Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, has quietly been lobbying the president against choosing Amy Coney Barrett, an appeals court judge and a Catholic mother of seven, according to The New York Times. Mr Thapar was on the shortlist of candidates after judge Antonin Scalia died in 2016.
While the U.S. Senate once required a 60-vote supermajority to overcome blocking tactics against Supreme Court nominees, the Republican majority changed the rules past year during the debate on Justice Neil Gorsuch.
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. "It's, well let's just say it's the four people". I think they're all outstanding. "But I'm putting conservative people on". All but one of the 25 people on the list are members of The Federalist Society, a national organization of conservative lawyers, and there's a clear pattern to judicial nominees being fed by the group: They are young, conservative and have records of being very opposed to abortion rights.More news: LeBron James Speaks to Cleveland GM as Free Agency Opens
Leonard Leo said two names on the president's short list to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy - Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman - had less-established conservative records, making it harder to line up support should they be selected.
"It is extraordinary", Blumenthal said. On Sunday there was no indication that he had yet made his decision, as speculation continued to swirl around the appointment. "And I believe this person will do a great job".
Last year, Trump appointed Thapar, who sits on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals and a former United States Attorney, for the District of Kentucky and District Judge.
Amul Thapar is the US' first Article III judge of South Asian descent.