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Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Justice Kennedy retiring; Trump gets 2nd Supreme Court pick

Justice Kennedy retiring; Trump gets 2nd Supreme Court pick

Kennedy's retirement has provoked liberal fears that the Supreme Court might soon have a pronounced conservative leaning that could overturn Roe v. Wade.

President Donald Trump said that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy made the decision to retire because "he felt confident in me to make the right choice and carry on his great legacy".

He notified President Trump in a letter Wednesday, telling him that effective July 31, he would "end my regular active status as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, while continuing to serve in a senior status". We'll add to the post as they come in, so refresh for the latest. McConnell says the Senate will act on confirmation in the fall. The mostly unsurprising news came hours after SCOTUS struck down a pro-union IL law and a day after it upheld Trump's Muslim travel ban.

Its influence extends to every facet of this nation's life, handing down rulings on immigration, religious freedom, the limits and protections of the constitution, civil rights, gun control, electoral law, the death penalty and much, much more.

"It would mean we have a new legal order", said Josh Blackman, a professor at the South Texas College of Law in Houston who closely follows the court.

The court's four liberal justices dissented. "There's no reason to consider a replacement on the Supreme Court in that time".

I have every confidence in Chairman Grassley's conduct of the upcoming confirmation process in the Judiciary Committee.

Cruz was responding to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's call for the "Biden rule" to be used, which would delay a nomination until after the November midterm elections.

Republicans refused to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia after the conservative stalwart died suddenly in February 2016, insisting that the seat should remain vacant until voters chose a new president that November, almost nine months later - an unprecedented move.

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