Supreme Court fight in the spotlight — Sunday shows preview

Supreme Court fight in the spotlight — Sunday shows preview

Supreme Court fight in the spotlight — Sunday shows preview

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route from Washington to his private golf club in New Jersey, Trump said he may interview two contenders for the nomination this weekend.

Democrats and liberal interest groups, gearing up for President Donald Trump's choice for the seat opened up by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, are treating the moment as one of utmost danger for abortion rights in the United States.

While Trump did not make rolling back abortion rights a central plank of his campaign, numerous conservative rank and file want Roe v. Wade overturned and Trump promised to put anti-abortion justices on the Supreme Court.

He said Kennedy understood his role as a swing vote: "The justice knew that on many controversial issues he could tip the court and I think he appreciated that, and sought to create balance in the Constitution and in the constitutional law that the court issued".

Trump had earlier said his nominee would come from his previously released list of 25 judges.

"You see this over and over again and it's the usual rank speculation", Leo said.

This will be Trump's second Supreme Court pick, after Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed in April 2017.

Trump swiftly invited all five to the White House to meet Thursday evening, the day after Kennedy's stunning announcement.

That spring, McConnell repeatedly cited a nonexistent Senate "tradition" of not considering Supreme Court nominees during a president's previous year in office. It also noted Trump's affinity for Kennedy's past clerks when it comes to judicial nominations.

Collins, who favours a woman's right to choose on abortion, joined like-minded Republican Lisa Murkowski at the White House meeting.

Manchin says, "If he picks somebody that's hardcore on Roe v. Wade or that's hardcore on repealing healthcare that's a bigger lift".

Still, a more conservative court may be more willing to chip away at abortion rights by upholding state restrictions that Kennedy and the four liberal justices would have been likely to strike down.

The candidates recently added to Trump's list include Barrett, Kavanaugh, Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant, Kevin Newsom of the 11th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals and Patrick Wyrick of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Undoing or at least putting more limits on that ruling has been a dream of conservative activists and contributed to conservative Christian support for Trump that helped him win the presidency in 2016. Trump won West Virginia by 42 percentage points in the 2016 election, North Dakota by 36 percentage points and in by more than 19 percentage points. And she voted against Obama's Supreme Court nominees, Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

Trump spent Wednesday night in North Dakota, rallying in favor of Heitkamp's challenger, and telling attendees that Heikamp "will vote "no" to any pick we make for the Supreme Court", according to an NBC News account of the event.

Maslin said the court opening might even end up helping the Democratic incumbents if voters become anxious that a tilt to the right will endanger abortion rights, gay rights and access to health care.

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