Trump To Announce Supreme Court Nominee July 9

30 June, 2018, 08:01 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Sen. Susan Collins speaks to reporters after the weekly Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on April 24

That, liberals fear, could lead to the overturning of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that forbade criminalising or restricting access to abortions - a decades-long aspiration of the Republican Party.

"That's not a question I'll be asking", he said.

Trump said he thinks that is "inappropriate to discuss".

"He's an outstanding talent", Trump said of Lee, noting that he saw the senator on television on Thursday saying "he would love the job". But Republican Senator John McCain, who has an aggressive form of brain cancer, has been absent from the Senate for months, meaning that if all Senate Democrats vote against Trump's eventual nominee, it would take only one Republican defection to defeat his pick.

Senate Democrats have been arguing that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should not hold a confirmation hearing or vote on a candidate in an election year, attempting to use McConnell's logic in denying President Obama's appointee, Merrick Garland a hearing when he was nominated. He met Thursday evening at the White House with key senators - Republicans Chuck Grassley, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski and Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp - to discuss the vacancy. It has emerged that the Trump administration heavily courted Kennedy to retire before the mid-term elections, giving Trump the potential to nominate a justice with a known majority in the Senate.

Trump said he would select a replacement from the list of possible justices that he released during his campaign.

Kennedy's retirement announcement Wednesday provided Trump with an opportunity to place a second justice on the all-important court.


Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said he wouldn't block Trump's nominee from getting out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "We have to pick one that's going to be there for 40 years, 45 years". Trump will announce his pick to replace Kennedy on July 9.

"I don't think that's completely inaccurate", Shapiro explained.

Senate Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, called for delaying action on the nominee until after the 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.

Kennedy was the swing vote in many key decisions, but for the energy industry, the most impactful was his vote in MA v. EPA, which concluded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen during a ceremony at the White House, April 10, 2017. For him, that means confirming "a Supreme Court justice that upholds the unborn or children in the womb's right to life", he said.

President Donald Trump speaks during an event at the East Room of the White House June 29, 2018 in Washington, DC.

So, predictably, there is great "wailing and gnashing of teeth" on the Left over what they've done to themselves.

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