Donald Trump said Monday that he will announce his choice for a Supreme Court nominee on Tuesday evening.
The president tweeted that the announcement will come Tuesday at 8 p.m.
“I have made my decision on who I will nominate for The United States Supreme Court. It will be announced live on Tuesday at 8:00 P.M. (W.H.),” the president tweeted.
I have made my decision on who I will nominate for The United States Supreme Court. It will be announced live on Tuesday at 8:00 P.M. (W.H.)
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017
Trump said last week he would announce his pick on Thursday, but is moving up the announcement.
Trump’s shortlist to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat is said to include Judge William Pryor of Alabama, Judge Neil Gorsuch of Colorado and Judge Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania.
Republicans will need at least eight Democrats to support Trump’s nominee to overcome the 60-vote filibuster hurdle.
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley said in an interview on Monday morning that he will filibuster any pick that is not Merrick Garland and that the vast majority of his caucus will oppose Trump’s nomination.
“This is a stolen seat. This is the first time a Senate majority has stolen a seat,” Merkley said in an interview. “We will use every lever in our power to stop this.”