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In contrast to the admittedly narrow criticisms of Kethledge and Kavanaugh, Christian conservatives are nearly uniformly backing Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a U.S. Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

As the President vets candidates who could become his next Supreme Court justice nominee, Trump's level of comfort with each candidate is a key factor, according to Axios.

Vice President Pence met privately with Kavanaugh on Wednesday at the vice president's residence and that session went well, underscoring the judge's strong prospects, according to two Republicans briefed on the meeting. That's why some people argue for calm and caution in the upcoming process to appoint a Supreme Court justice to replace Anthony Kennedy. Trump needs her vote.

Asked about the details of the selection process, Trump said he has it down to four people.

Raymond Kethledge, 51, also formerly worked as a law clerk to Justice Kennedy and has served on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals since 2008, after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

"It is with some trepidation that I offer thoughts on how the good people still serving in the Senate should address a current crisis, but staying silent is no longer an option", Frist wrote in an Op-Ed article The Washington Post posted Friday night.

As CBN News has reported, Trump has narrowed his list of possible nominees.

Trump said he was honored that Kennedy chose to retire during his term.

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Although William Howard Taft had served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals, he was better known as a former president when he was appointed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by President Warren Harding in 1921. Trump has asked about Kethledge, advisers said.

"Beyond the qualifications, what really matters is, does this nominee fit a central casting image for a Supreme Court nominee, as well as his or her spouse", a Republican close to the White House told Politico.

Democrats say that a Barrett nomination would simplify the task of opposition research.

Kavanaugh previously served as a law clerk for Kennedy, an independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation, and as senior associate counsel and assistant to the president in the Bush administration.

Debates over Kavanaugh's work with Bush and rulings he has made on health care and abortion continued to churn Thursday as critics urged the president to shy away from a judge with an establishment Republican pedigree. Only one of those, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is a woman and she has picked up support from some social conservatives in particular.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a Trump ally, signed a statement Thursday with other conservative leaders pushing for Lee, after days of phone calls with Trump and others over his concerns about Kavanaugh. Trump finally nominated judge Neil Gorsuch. He was appointed to the 6th Circuit in MI in 2008 by President George W. Bush.

Amy Coney Barrett, 46, is a former law clerk to Scalia and was appointed to serve on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals by Trump a year ago.