President Trump Plans To Announce Supreme Court Pick On July 9

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

Trump has said he would start the effort to replace Kennedy "immediately" and would pick from a list of 25 names that he updated a year ago.

When the final gavel came down to end the Supreme Court term on Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court press corps scurried to their computers to begin writing stories about a momentous term where the justices took a hard right turn on core issues and liberals found themselves on the losing end of more than a dozen 5-4 opinions.

Such a dramatic ruling may not be immediately likely, but a more conservative court might be more willing to sustain abortion restrictions.

"The president has never asked a prospective nominee about Roe v. Wade or abortion in any way shape or form".

Headlines this week were dominated by news that Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote on the Supreme Court, will retire next month and that a man has been charged with killing five people at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis.

Mr Trump's nominee, likely to give the conservatives a solid majority, will face a Senate confirmation process in which Republicans hold the slimmest majority but Democrats can not prevent a vote.

"They're looking for anything and everything to motivate their base because they know they've got a big problem on their hands", said Maslin.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said it would be the "height of hypocrisy" to vote on Mr Trump's nominee before this year's election.

A onetime supporter of abortion rights, Trump attracted support from social conservatives during the presidential campaign in large part because of his strong opposition to abortion.

Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and it's even closer because of the absence of ailing Sen.

Heitkamp said the president should think about a nominee who could unite, rather than divide, the country.

Last year, Trump's first nominee to the court, Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed 54-45, with three Democrats voting in favour. He's never discussed the issue with me.

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Kennedy's retirement sets up a situation where "women's lives are at risk". "Judges, and particularly the Supreme Court, have been a resounding success of this administration". 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. McConnell declared that the senate will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy's successor this autumn.

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