Donald Trump wants his Supreme Court pick to still be on the bench in 2043 as he spends the weekend working his way through a list of five runners and riders.
The US president wants his choice for judge to be sitting for at least a quarter of a century according to aides, leaving a conservative legacy that will outlast his time in office.
Many of the front-runners for the job are in their early- or mid-50s. The man they will be replacing, Anthony Kennedy, is stepping down at the age of 81.
The strategy mirrors one Mr Trump has been pursuing for appointments to the lower courts, where younger than normal judges have often been selected.
The Supreme Court job is for life. Mr Trump’s ambitions mean that come 2043 his selection could still be one of the nine justices making the most important legal rulings in America.
Brett Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old US Circuit judge, is widely reported to be the front-runner. The Yale Law School graduate is a former clerk to Mr Kennedy, meaning he could have the backing of the retiring justice.
He recently wrote a dissent when his colleagues allowed an immigrant teen in US custody to have an abortion and served as an associate independent counsel during the Whitewater investigation into the Bill and Hillary Clinton’s business dealings.
The Washington Post reported he has previously said sitting presidents should not be distracted by civil lawsuits or criminal investigations. Mr Trump is facing lawsuits and a special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling.
Amy Barrett, an appellate court judge from New Orleans, is another believed to be among the front-runners despite being just 46.
She went to law school at the University of Notre Dame and has a sparse record as a judge – a key part of the selection process – given he relative newcomer status.
She has already been selected to be a judge once by Mr Trump, being narrowly confirmed by the Senate for her current job in November.
Mike Lee, a Republican senator for Utah, has also made a bid for the job. He is being backed by fellow conservative senator and former presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.
Mr Trump noted earlier this week that Mr Lee had made a pitch on television for the job, saying that was “unusual” but adding he was an “outstanding talent”.
The US president is expected to interview some of the five candidates on his shortlist, which includes two women, over the weekend.
He has said he will not ask candidates for their view on the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalised abortion in 1973. Democrats fear the ruling could now be overturned.
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