Trump plans to announce Supreme Court pick July 9

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"You want someone that's going to show that kind of independence, and is not going to set us back to a time when a woman was made a criminal just for exercising her own reproductive rights", Klobuchar said on "This Week". In the same interview, which was taped Friday at the White House, the president said that he has been advised not to ask potential nominees about where they stand on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling on abortion.

Trump told reporters he planned to begin interviewing possible candidates Monday but he may meet with some over the weekend in New Jersey.

The GOP senator's comments came days after Trump said that he would use the list when picking a nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

It is normally a relief to Americans to see our Supreme Court justices retire.

CBS News has learned that the two leading contenders are D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett, both women.


"Mike Lee, he's an outstanding talent", Trump said. "I love that issue if they're going to actually do that".

Though Trump is known for frequently breaking with tradition, making decisions on impulse, and ignoring the guidance of his advisors, he is reportedly listening closely to the advice of the White House counsel Don McGahn and his judicial adviser Leonard Leo, who serves as the executive vice president of the conservative Federalist Society. You know, ICE, these are the guys that go in and take MS-13 and take them out because they are much tougher than MS-13, like by a factor of 10.and these are the ones.

Collins stressed that Trump "should not feel bound by that list".

"I'm very proud of Neil Gorsuch", Trump continued. "We have to pick a great one".

Trump himself described Supreme Court nominee selection as the most important decision he can make "outside of war and peace".

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