Prez Trump to move quickly on SC nominee

In Supreme Court pick, Trump can push conservative social agenda

In Supreme Court pick, Trump can push conservative social agenda

President Donald Trump on Friday said he'd announce his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9 and that he's now working to narrow down his shortlist of about five candidates.

Both Connecticut's US senators are urging Democrats to resist the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice until after November's elections.

They include judges Amy Coney Barrett, 46, the most talked-about woman on the list; Thomas Hardiman, 52, the runner-up to Gorsuch past year; Raymond Kethledge, 51, another former Kennedy clerk; and Amul Thapar, 49, a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Speaking en route his golf property in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump said he would not ask candidates their position on Roe v. Wade.

Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to confirm his plans for deciding on his Supreme Court pick.

Trump praised Kennedy as a man of "tremendous vision" and said his search for a new justice would begin "immediately". Those senators will have to decide between angering their party by voting for the president's nominee and giving Republicans a new opening to attack them ahead of the midterms by voting against Trump's choice. "I'm going to try and do something like that, but I don't think I'm going to be so specific".

Trump said he would start the effort to replace Kennedy "immediately" and would pick from a list of 25 names he updated a year ago. The current record for longest service on the Supreme Court is held by William O. Douglas, who served for 36 years from 1939 to 1975.

Potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Sens. "And probably not. They're all saying, 'Don't do that, you don't do that, you shouldn't do that, ' but I'm putting conservative people on".

Hawkins noted that Kennedy has voted to uphold abortion rights in several cases, including the landmark 1992 ruling Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and more recently, in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, which overturned a Texas law that placed additional health regulations on clinics that perform abortions.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Thursday it would be the "height of hypocrisy" to vote before this year's election on Trump's nominee.

During the candidate vetting the last time, the White House asked all the contenders whom they would pick instead of themselves - and they all said Gorsuch, said the person, who was not authorized to disclose private conversations.

Steve Aden, general counsel of Americans United for Life, said he expects the nominee will be "somebody who reveres the Constitution like Gorsuch and Antonin Scalia".

White House aides said other names are in the mix as well.

In a statement after Kennedy announced his retirement, Murkowski said her "standards for Supreme Court nominees are extremely high".

"We hold Mitch McConnell to the precedent that he set in 2016", Murphy said on MSNBC.

Ultimately, the most important consideration for the White House is that the nominee gets confirmed. "Judges, and particularly the Supreme Court, have been a resounding success of this administration". The three face re-election in November in states that Trump won in the 2016 presidential election.

For those conservatives who voted for Donald Trump because of the Supreme Court, congratulations: You've been vindicated.

"It is exciting though, right?" said Trump.

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