President Trump Interviews Potential SCOTUS Nominees

Supreme Court What You Need To Know

Supreme Court What You Need To Know

"President Trump's own words tell us that his nominee to the Court will nearly certainly vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and eviscerate affordable access to health care for millions of Americans", senior Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer wrote in a New York Times op-ed Monday, laying down the party's strategy for the coming fight.

McGahn will lead the overall selection and confirmation process, the White House said Monday. Spokesman Raj Shah will take leave from his role in the press office to work full time on "communications, strategy and messaging coordination with Capitol Hill allies".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that a group of attorneys will help McGahn scrutinise nominees for the position. Napolitano explained Democrats were hoping to use the potential undoing of the decision as a means to "go against the president".

Trump told reporters at the White House on July 2 that he interviewed four candidates.

Trump on Monday said he interviewed four prospective nominees, with more interviews to come.

"There is keen interest in those two, but there are at least a couple of others who are still very seriously in the mix", said the person.

President Trump says he'll announce his nominee on July 9th.

"The president is pro-life, but in terms of the process of selecting a Supreme Court nominee, as the president said last week, he is not going to discuss specific cases with the nominees", Sanders said.

The future orientation of the Supreme Court depends on who will succeed Kennedy, a conservative.

Kennedy is a conservative but has at times sided with the liberals on the court in key decisions, including decisions on the death penalty, abortion, and same-sex marriage. All three voted to confirm Gorsuch. Republicans ended up resorting to a rule created by the Democrats in 2013, by Democratic Sen. Susan Collins of ME said she was not comfortable with everyone he has considered.

The Maine senator said she would only back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the 45-year-old Roe decision, which has always been anathema to conservatives. Collins responded that she actually doesn't think Gorsuch would vote to overturn Roe - a sentiment that prompted Mother Jones to wonder, "Is Susan Collins the most gullible person on the planet?" Collins asserts that a judge who respects precedent would not overturn Roe vs. Wade. Vice President Mike Pence can be called on to break a tie.

Before Kennedy's retirement, the four judges who were appointed by Democratic presidents had an average age of 71.5 years, nearly five years more than the five judges appointed by Republicans.

"I stressed the importance of nominating someone to the Supreme Court who is pragmatic, fair, compassionate, committed to justice and above politics - traits that match Justice Kennedy", Heitkamp said after the meeting.

Kennedy was 80 when he announced his retirement.

Now the court has three women justices, all appointed by Democrats.

Trump has also been appointing young conservative judges to the lower courts at a rapid pace.

The president nominated 34 judges to the United States Court of Appeals, and the Senate has already confirmed 20.

Trump's nominee must win Senate confirmation.

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