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Trump focused on Kavanaugh, Kethledge for Supreme Court -source

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One en route to Bedminster, New Jersey, from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One en route to Bedminster, New Jersey, from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Thayer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

WASHINGTON, July 5 (Reuters) - The two most serious contenders who President Donald Trump is considering for the U.S. Supreme Court are conservative federal appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, a source familiar with the process told Reuters on Thursday.

Kavanaugh is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Kethledge, of Michigan, is a judge on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The source said Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, a judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was still in contention but that the Republican president had been asking more questions about the other two, who have more extensive judicial records.

Trump, who conducted interviews with seven candidates earlier this week, is expected to announce his decision on Monday. The source said he would not be surprised if the president firmed up his choice before leaving for a trip to Montana later on Thursday.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Will Dunham)

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