Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Trump says he’ll announce Supreme Court pick July 9

Court Confirmation Process Likely to Follow Gorsuch Playbook President Trump Plans To Announce Supreme Court Pick On July 9
Frank Williams | 03 July, 2018, 05:15

The president told reporters Friday that he was homing in on up to seven candidates, including two women, and would announce his choice on July 9.

Kennedy will retire on July 31, after more than 30 years on the court.

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

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she would prefer the president to expand his search beyond the list of 25 names the White House has released, saying he already filled his promise for a Federalist Society pick with Gorsuch and no single group should dictate the choices.

By picking a social conservative to replace Kennedy, Trump would have a reliable 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court, even on some of those hot-button social issues.

Earlier Friday, Trump made similar comments in an interview with Fox News and said he was looking for a nominee who closely models Justice Neil Gorsuch, whom Trump nominated in January 2017. But Trump could move to appoint a much more reliable conservative.

Matz worked with Kennedy from 2014 to 2015, when the justice issued the crucial fifth vote in the landmark gay marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges.

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Ramos appealed at least two of the three peace orders filed against him. "It is hard to keep up with them", Altomare said. The newspaper decided against filing charges because it did not want to put "a stick in a beehive", he wrote .

Democrat Bill Nelson, asked by reporters if a nominee's views on Roe v. Wade will be important to him, said, "very". Choosing his successor, which needs Senate approval, gives Trump the chance to mold the dominant ideology on the Supreme Court for years to come.

Possible nominees being eyed include Thomas Hardiman, who serves alongside Trump's sister on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Raymond Kethledge, a federal appeals court judge who clerked for Kennedy. Also of interest are Amul Thapar, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati, lives in Kentucky and is close to McConnell; Brett Kavanaugh, a former clerk for Kennedy who serves on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.; and Amy Coney Barrett, who serves on the federal appeals court in Chicago.

Trump thinks Lee would be easily confirmed by the Senate, but the president has expressed concern about keeping the Utah Senate seat in GOP hands, Bloomberg News reported. "I would tell my pro-life friends: You can be pro-life and conservative, but you can also believe in 'stare decisis, '" he said, citing the legal term involving legal precedent that means "to stand by things decided".

Yet Justice Kennedy's retirement, which comes as Republicans maintain a narrow majority in the Senate, may be something of a parting gift to the pro-life movement.

"You don't overturn precedent unless there's a good reason", Graham said.

The next audible voice is the signal officer, who can be heard telling Mr. Melendez that the president was onstage at his rally in Fargo, and would have to call back.

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