Trump to announce Supreme Court pick to replace Kennedy on July 9

Posted June 30, 2018

And Kennedy was not the eldest member of the court - liberal stalwart Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85, and has indicated she has no intention of retiring.

"I've got it narrowed to about five", he said, including two women.

Rob Reiner warned Thursday morning that if President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court is similar to Justices Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas or Samuel Alito, past rulings will be overturned. He responded, "That's not a question I'll be asking".

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a red-state Democrat who has made working with Trump a cornerstone of her 2018 re-election campaign, distanced herself from some Democrats and suggested the President's nominee should get a vote before the midterm elections.

Three women now serve on the bench: Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

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"Justice Kennedy's retirement presents an opportunity for the President to appoint and the Senate to confirm a principled constitutionalist who will defend the Bill of Rights, defend the fundamental liberties of Americans, and I am hopeful that is exactly that will happen", he said.

A fourth woman on the court would be a USA record. Only one is a woman: Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The White House repeated this tactic after Gorsuch was nominated, informing the media that the runners up were appellate judges Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge, both of whom clerked for Kennedy as well. Of those he is considering at this point, apparently, two of them are women. Some have theorized that Utah Senator Mike Lee might be a strong contender, and the president did specifically mention him in talking with reporters on Air Force One.

Trump says of the candidates under consideration, "It's a great group of intellectual talent".

Most respondents also said they would vote for a candidate who supports stronger workplace protections against sexual harassment and assault, and one who supports paid parental leave. There are plenty of theories floating around, and he says that he anticipates interviewing six or seven potential candidates.

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Kennedy, who provided key votes for same-sex marriage, abortion access and affirmative action, had announced hours earlier Wednesday his plans to retire from the Supreme Court. "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".

Should Trump announce his pick as advertised on July 9, it would mark just 13 days since Kennedy's announcement.

A confirmation vote for Garland was never held, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell determined it was too close to the presidential election. For further illustration of the verb, stay tuned to what is sure to greet whomever is nominated to replace Kennedy.

Democrats argued the move would follow the precedent taken by Senate Republicans in 2016, when McConnell refused to consider a Supreme Court nominee until after the presidential election.

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