"Conservatives who care about the U.S. Supreme Court put their faith in Donald Trump. Now he is poised to reward it.

Barring a dramatic shift in approach, the president is a week away from nominating someone who would become a core member of the court’s conservative wing. Each of four appellate judges in contention for the slot, including frontrunners Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman, would fit neatly into the ideological mold of the man they would succeed, the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

"I have made my decision pretty much in my mind, yes," Trump said in a video clip of an interview set to air Thursday night on Fox News’ "Hannity" program. "That’s subject to change at the last moment, but I think this will be a great choice.

outcome is one conservatives are sure to hail even as some once questioned whether it would happen. Trump won plaudits in conservative circles in May when he released a list of 11 prospective justices, but skeptics openly questioned whether the then-candidate could be trusted

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