5 takeaways from a momentous Supreme Court term

Donald Trump and Sen. Mike Lee at a rally in 2017

Donald Trump and Sen. Mike Lee at a rally in 2017

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's announcement this week that he would retire from the high court at the end of next month sent shockwaves through political and legal circles, as speculation swirled about who President TrumpDonald John TrumpMike Huckabee: If Trump nominated Moses to the Supreme Court Dems would still be unhappy Trump admin likely to detain migrant families for months during immigration proceedings: report ICE chief to protesters: We're not the ones separating families MORE could tap for his replacement.

Trump's first pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, is the youngest of the justices at age 50.

In a tweet today, the president said he will be making his choice for supreme court justice on July 9th.

"A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don't want to see a judge have", said Collins, who has voted to confirm every Supreme Court nominee that has come up for a vote during her tenure in the Senate.

Now Democrats fear he will be replaced by a down-the-line conservative. 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.

Brett Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old US Circuit judge, is widely reported to be the front-runner.

Whatever Trump said during his campaign, Leo said abortion did not come up in the president's interviews with prospective nominees when he chose Justice Neil Gorsuch past year.

According to the BBC, Trump plans on interviewing "one or two" of the potential nominees at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club over the weekend. 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 an anathema to conservatives.

One of the frontrunners is reportedly Judge Amy Coney Barrett, whom Mr. Trump nominated to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals previous year.

"It's gonna be epic", said Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, which works to elect candidates who oppose abortion rights.

"I like them all", he said.

When a mobile communications officer did call back and put Mr. Trump on the line, Mr. Melendez played the part of the senator, although his voice sounded nothing like Mr. Menendez's.

But Kennedy was also a swing vote, supporting abortion rights, as well as same-sex marriage.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin says it would be tough to support someone who would revamp the landmark decision.

"I think the president's list is a very strong list".

Speaking to reporters Friday, Trump also said he's narrowed his list of potential candidates for the job.

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