President Trump to Make Choice on SCOTUS Nominee on July 9

by Fredrick Graves July 1, 2018, 6:57
President Trump to Make Choice on SCOTUS Nominee on July 9

Trump did not identify the finalists for the slot being vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, and said he would interview "one or two" candidates during his weekend stay at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

Kennedy, 81, the court's now longest-serving member and second-oldest justice, announced on Wednesday that he is retiring, effective on July 31.

Asked by Fox's Maria Bartiromo whether he would ask potential nominees how they might come down on Roe v. Wade, Trump said: "Well, that's a big one". "And as you know there have been many presidents that never got a choice".

On whether the time was right for a conservative woman to join the court, Trump said: "Could be".

Kennedy has been an essential figure in forming a majority on the court.

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McConnell predicted the nominee will be similar to Trump's first Supreme Court selection, Neil Gorsuch, in terms of background and philosophy on the judiciary's role.

"Kennedy is at or near the top on nearly all measures of power or influence", said Lee Epstein, a political scientist at Washington University in St. Louis. "As I said, I'm looking specifically at two women". "I stressed the importance of nominating someone to the Supreme Court who is pragmatic, fair, compassionate, committed to justice, and above politics".

From 1993 to 2005, Kennedy shared the center of the court with O'Connor. The swing-vote senators, along with McCain, were the trio who derailed the GOP's 2017 effort to repeal most of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The future of Kennedy's seat has been a moment abortion rights opponents and supporters alike have been anticipating for years because Kennedy historically sided with the liberals on the court in favor of protecting abortion rights.

Either could reach the Supreme Court in the next 18 to 24 months. "It's a great group of intellectual talent. they are generally conservative", Trump said. After Trump's appointment of Neil Gorsuch past year, Democrats fret that a fifth conservative judge on the Court could put the right to abortion at risk. Since 1937, no chief justice has also been the median justice. Thus far, the focus from both sides has been on whether Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, could be reversed.

"The fact that there's a modest enthusiasm disadvantage isn't all that meaningful because there's already an enthusiasm gap for Republicans", he said, noting Democratic anger towards Trump.

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