WASHINGTON (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump says he has narrowed his choice for a Supreme Court nominee “down to probably three or four candidates.”
One of Trump’s first decisions after his inauguration will be to nominate a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February. The high court has been functioning with just eight justices since then, with the Republican-led Senate refusing to hold hearings on President Barack Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland.
Trump tells Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity, in an interview that aired Thursday night, that his Supreme Court candidates are “terrific people. Highly respected, brilliant people.”
He says he will announce his nominee “pretty soon.”