Trump to announce supreme court pick on 9 July

Trump to announce supreme court pick on 9 July

Many who favor the decision fear that a more conservative replacement for Kennedy, often a swing vote on social issues, could endanger such rights, while Trump's base has hoped he would appoint someone to overturn the decision.

The battle on Capitol Hill will essentially unfold in two phases, first centred on the nomination fight itself and then on the fallout for the November elections.

"I like them all", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.

"It is a group of highly talented, very brilliant, mostly conservative judges", he added. He helped compile a 25-person list of likely nominees from which Trump has said he will make his selection.

President Donald Trump says he probably won't ask his Supreme Court nominees how they might vote on upholding the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Asked about Mr. Lee, the president said, "He said he'd like the job". It doesn't matter if he asks them about their opinions on abortion rights because by the time a candidate interviews with him, they would have already been asked in the earlier vetting process.

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Most notably, he wrote the 2015 ruling on Obergefell v Hodges, which found that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. That list included two judges with Michigan connections: Judge Raymond Kethledge, on the U.S.

"That's not a question I'll be asking them", he said.

There are so far five names that stand out as front-runners - 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett; 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Hardiman, who was the runner-up to Neil Gorsuch on the president's first Supreme Court pick; D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh; and 6th Circuit Court of Appeals' Judges Raymond Kethledge and Amul Thapar.

The news sent shockwaves through Washington and the nation, especially among legal pundits and members of Congress who expressed their concerns about just how much of an impact Kennedy's departure may have on the Supreme Court and the rulings made for decades to come.

In the run-up to selecting Gorsuch, Trump met with three contenders and White House officials vetted several more. "He has been outstanding". "No matter how I vote there are going to be people who are furious at me", Collins told POLITICO.

Roberts will become the new median justice if Trump nominates someone more conservative than the chief justice. But Republican Senator John McCain, who has an aggressive form of brain cancer, has been absent from the Senate for months, meaning that if all Senate Democrats vote against Trump's eventual nominee, it would take only one Republican defection to defeat his pick.

While Trump said at one point that "I've got it narrowed to about five".

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