Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Trump narrows Supreme Court list, to name nominee July 9

Trump narrows Supreme Court list, to name nominee July 9

WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump said on Friday that he planned to interview one or two candidates to fill Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat this weekend at his Bedminster, N.J., resort, and plans to announce his final pick on July 9.

Two women are also reportedly on Trump's shortlist, including Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who is considered another frontrunner for Kennedy's seat.

The move wouldn't be dissimilar from the Republican hijacking of a vacant Supreme Court seat that President Barack Obama attempted to fill in the previous year of his administration. Nominated by Republican President Ronald Reagan and confirmed in 1988, Kennedy is widely thought to be a moderate and pivotal swing vote on the court.

About the only thing one could say for certain about the eventual nominee was that he or she would be young (the median age of the reported five finalists is 48) and that their resumes show all to be without question conservative.

Republicans changed Senate rules previous year to get Trump's conservative nominee Neil Gorsuch confirmed, lowering the threshold to advance Supreme Court nominations to a simple majority vote.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Trump said he not will push the candidates to say whether they would overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established a woman's right to abortion. "As you know, there are many presidents who never get a choice", Trump said. "And they are going to need cases that they can use to reverse those awful decisions of the liberal majority in the past that have undermined the Constitution and really just abused our own personal rights".

"I like them all", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. The group has already produced a new TV advertisement calling Trump's list of 25 potential candidates the "best of the best" and warning that his opponents will lie and attack the nominee. Trump passed over Hardiman in favor of Neil Gorsuch, who has proven to be reliably conservative in his tenure so far and has been a key vote in numerous controversial 5-4 decisions, including the decision to uphold the president's travel ban. In the Trump administration, Kavanaugh's biggest booster is White House counsel Don McGahn.

"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. He said the White House has hosted roughly two dozen similar meetings since then in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House.

Trump's nominee must win confirmation by the Senate. "Heidi will vote "no" for any pick we make for the Supreme Court", Trump said.

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