A third name was added to the list that President Donald Trump is considering to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court: Judge Thomas Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, who is based in Pittsburgh, the Associated Press reports. Of the list of 21 potential picks that Trump announced during his campaign, Judge William Pryor of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta was first identified as a top choice; then insiders added Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit court in Denver.
Hardiman, Pryor, and Gorsuch all have met with Trump, who is expected to announce his choice next week. Hardiman, 51, Pryor, 54, and Gorsuch, 49, all were nominated for their current seats by President George W. Bush. Hardiman is a colleague of Trump’s sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry. Trump has promised to seek someone in the mold of conservative icon Antonin Scalia, who died nearly a year ago after serving on the Supreme Court for more than 29 years. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), told Trump “that Senate Democrats would fight any nominee that was outside of the mainstream.” The liberal Alliance for Justice says it almost certainly would oppose anyone from Trump’s list.