Trump wants to make Supreme Court pick by July 9

Conservative lawyers steer Trump on Supreme Court pick

Conservative lawyers steer Trump on Supreme Court pick

The president said two women are among the candidates he's considering among a pool of between five and seven potential nominees. "And as you know there have been many presidents that never got a choice. You shouldn't do that", Trump said.

The move wouldn't be dissimilar from the Republican hijacking of a vacant Supreme Court seat that President Barack Obama attempted to fill in the past year of his administration.

Republicans changed Senate rules a year ago to get Trump's conservative nominee Neil Gorsuch confirmed, lowering the threshold to advance Supreme Court nominations to a simple majority vote.

Roe v. Wade's legalization of abortion rights nationwide in 1973 provided the burgeoning religious right with a powerful organizing focus, helping unite religious conservatives into a potent political bloc for the Republican Party.

However, after Kennedy informed the Trump administration he was retiring, even the most keen observers likely didn't realize how the progressive left would respond to that news.

In the run-up to selecting Gorsuch, Trump met with three contenders and White House officials vetted several more. The White House said Trump's team also spoke with more than a dozen additional senators. The exit of Kennedy, often a swing vote in 5-4 decisions, gives Trump the opportunity to nominate a strict conservative and move the court farther to the right. Trump will announce his pick to replace Kennedy on July 9.

McConnell predicted the nominee will be similar to Trump's first Supreme Court selection, Neil Gorsuch, in terms of background and philosophy on the judiciary's role.

"I think sometimes we talk about Supreme Court too much in abstractions, about dignity and who is qualified and who is not".

A key Democratic senator is encouraging President Donald Trump not to pick a Supreme Court nominee who's openly interested in overturning Roe v. Wade.

In his Air Force One conversation with reporters, during the quick afternoon flight to New Jersey from Washington, Trump singled out one potential candidate for the court, Sen. Also of interest are Amul Thapar, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati; Brett Kavanaugh, a former clerk for Kennedy who serves on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.; and Amy Coney Barrett, who serves on the federal appeals court in Chicago. Mike Lee, R-Utah, indicating that Lee was pining for the nomination.

That infuriated Democrats, who say that McConnell's push to confirm Trump's nominee now before the November midterms reeks of hypocrisy. "Usually, they don't say that". "I actually saw him on television last night where he said he'd love the job".

If Trump is able to appoint a crucial fifth anti-woman justice to the Supreme Court, the fate of safe abortions for millions of women across the country will be jeopardized. Gorsuch cleared the Senate - only after McConnell pushed through a rules change to end the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees and lower the threshold for confirmation from 60 to a simple majority - with 54 votes.

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