Trump says he'll name high court pick on July 9

Trump says he'll name high court pick on July 9

But they, or at least those of them who remember "Macbeth", might now say that nothing in Kennedy's career became him like the leaving it.

The announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement on Wednesday sparked concern for the actor, director and activist, as Kennedy's vote often decided cases on topics like abortion, marriage equality and affirmative action.

For years, the conservative has served as the tie-breaking vote on some of the country's biggest cases, siding with liberals on issues such as abortion, gay rights and granting constitutional rights to terror suspects held at Guantanamo Bay.

But when it comes to what may be his most lasting legacy - shifting the Supreme Court to the right - the Trump administration has managed to avoid its trademark chaos.

The president also said he wouldn't ask potential justices about their position on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion rights.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), a moderate who could be a decisive vote in the chamber the GOP controls by a single seat, said in a statement her standards for a Supreme court nominee are "extremely high" and stressed she would cast an "independent vote" after reviewing the nominee's qualifications.

"If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that's really what's going to be, that's what will happen", Trump said of overturning Roe at the final presidential debate in October 2016.

Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Sen. An uneasy peace descended on the Supreme Court nomination process, and though hearings and votes on Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. were particularly heated, the nominations of Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan proceeded peacefully.

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The president's nominee must win confirmation by the Senate.

"With that said, what we are looking at is a possible ethical shift in the nature of the Supreme Court", he insisted. However, it's unclear which five of the 25 candidates he is most closely considering.

Trump's statement that two women are included in his shortlist for the position may be meant to neutralize any plans by Democrats to stage an all-out war in the Senate. Of those he is considering at this point, apparently, two of them are women.

Steven Law, president of the Senate Leadership Fund, a campaign group aligned with McConnell, said the group began running ads Thursday in 10 states that Trump won in 2016 where Democratic senators are now up for re-election.

Seasoned appellate Judge Brett Kavanaugh and recent circuit court appointee Judge Amy Coney Barrett are leading candidates in President Donald Trump's search for a Supreme Court nominee, according to a Thursday Los Angeles Times report. There are plenty of theories floating around, and he says that he anticipates interviewing six or seven potential candidates.

Mr Kennedy, a key swing vote on the court, announced that he would retire this summer. "So we're going to be getting that message out and making sure that the Senate rejects any nominee that opposes Roe v. Wade and the right to safe, legal abortion". Past year she voted in favor of Trump's Supreme Court pick Neil Gorsuch, a thoroughly conservative choice.

By contrast, then-president Barack Obama took more than a month after the February 2016 death of conservative justice Antonin Scalia to nominate a replacement, Merrick Garland. "And as you know there have been many presidents that never got a choice". For further illustration of the verb, stay tuned to what is sure to greet whomever is nominated to replace Kennedy.

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