Justice Anthony Kennedy Retiring; Donald Trump Gets 2nd Supreme Court Pick

Justice Anthony Kennedy Retiring; Donald Trump Gets 2nd Supreme Court Pick

Justice Anthony Kennedy Retiring; Donald Trump Gets 2nd Supreme Court Pick

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement after holding his position for more than 30 years.

Denounced by Democrats and civil rights groups, the ruling has boosted Trump's administration as he faces intense opposition over his hardline policies on illegal immigration along the US-Mexican border. "This could prove to be the most significant thing the Republican Senate does", Cruz said.

The U.S. Supreme Court is set for a rightward swing that could lead to sweeping changes to some of the most explosive culture-war issues roiling the country: a roll-back or abolition of abortion rights, the expansion of the death penalty and limits to programs that help minorities attend university.

"I believe if Justice Scalia had not passed away when he did that there's a very good possibility Hillary Clinton would be President of the United States right now", Cruz said. As one of only two pro-choice Republicans in the Senate, Collins is likely to become a pivotal player in the looming battle to confirm Kennedy's replacement.

"You are seeing these justices not just on the Supreme Court, the circuit court and other federal court appointees that are not just conservative but they are also younger and I think that's important", Spicer said.

Trump's first high court nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed in April 2017.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appeared on "Fox & Friends" on Thursday to react to the impending retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. "If there is a Supreme Court vacancy, it takes priority". That simple-majority rule remains in place for subsequent nominees. "I'm optimistic we'll be able to get this done". "That research will be immensely important, and so will be the questions that we ask, as they were with Justice Gorsuch, even though we disagreed with the result". "And the consequences for our nation couldn't be higher".

But several former law clerks said that Kennedy, a nominee of President Ronald Reagan, prefers to be replaced by a Republican.

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