Which Democrat is most likely to oppose Trump’s Supreme Court nominee?
By the end of the summer, President Donald Trump is expected to nominate the nation’s first African American to the Supreme Court.
The nominee, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, has drawn the support of most prominent conservatives and moderates in the GOP caucus.
But the list of potential picks continues to grow.
Here’s what you need to know about who might be on Trump’s shortlist for the nation ‘s highest court.
Here are the potential Supreme Court nominees Trump might choose.
Read moreTrump’s pick of Graham is a major boost for Republicans who believe the Senate should be the most important forum for Supreme Court appointments, said Robert Blendon, the director of the Center for Presidential Transition Studies at George Mason University.
Graham is a South Carolina Republican, and he has served as a U.S. senator for decades.
He has been widely viewed as a moderate, with a history of backing gun rights, religious freedom and other civil rights issues.
Graham’s record has been a key point of contention for Trump.
During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly questioned the integrity of his running mate, Indiana Gov.
Mike Pence, saying Pence had been a “war hero” in the war in Iraq.
But Graham has not expressed that sentiment in his nomination, and on Thursday, he criticized Trump for suggesting that the Justice Department should be turned over to the FBI in the wake of the mass shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolinas.
In a tweet Thursday, Graham called on the Senate to pass legislation that would allow the attorney general to appoint a special counsel to investigate any possible ties between Russia and the 2016 presidential election.
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Graham’s nomination Wednesday, and the full Senate is expected soon to consider his nomination.
The full Senate has until June 30 to approve the nomination, which is up to the president whether he can fill the seat vacated by retiring Justice Antonin Scalia.