One of Donald Trump's Supreme Court advisers said the process of picking a nominee is "very far along" -- and had words of praise for Colorado judge Neil Gorsuch.
"There is a lot of information in the hopper about who these people are and what their records are like and what qualities they have to serve on the Supreme Court," Leonard Leo told ABC's Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein on the "Powerhouse Politics" podcast.
Although Leo cautioned he would "never assume a front-runner," he spoke highly of Gorsuch, who sits on the bench of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
"He has very, very distinguished background," Leo said. "He has probably 200 or so published opinions as an appeals clerk judge. They are extremely eloquently written, they're incisive, understandable, clear, opinionated."
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Pryor fading... Gorsuch and Hardiman rising.
According to numerous blogs, Judge Pryor isn't at the top of the SCOTUS list for Scalia's seat. I bet Trump wants someone to sail through for this seat and will save the more controversial selection for the following pick. Here's ABC on Gorsuch, who seems to be the leading contender right now (according to Trump, it will be announced a week from today):