Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Trump pledges July 9 announcement on Supreme Court nominee

Trump pledges July 9 announcement on Supreme Court nominee

Trump has said he will select a nominee from a list of 25 names, many of them judges on federal and state courts across the country.

Asked about Mr. Lee, the president said, "He said he'd like the job".

Kennedy announced Wednesday that he is retiring, effective July 31, giving the president the opportunity to make a second pick for the Supreme Court. But he said he does want to put conservative people on the Supreme Court and he is proud of his first nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch.

When asked whether he would be asking candidates about their opinions on abortion rights, Trump stated, "That's not a question I'll be asking".

With the retirement of swing vote Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Trump and his Republican allies in the Senate plan to install a conservative justice who could re-define the law of the land on some of the nation's most explosive policy debates - none bigger than abortion.

This is a developing story and will be updated. Thus far, the focus from both sides has been on whether Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, could be reversed.

Either way, there's no doubting how much the Supreme Court has served as a mobilizing force for religious conservatives for over half a century.

If Trump nominated Moses to the Supreme Court Dems would still be unhappy Trump admin likely to detain migrant families for months during immigration proceedings: report ICE chief to protesters: We're not the ones separating families MORE's evangelical advisers says America's evangelical Christians are more confident than ever that the landmark abortion case Roe V. Wade could be overturned under Trump's presidency. He said we are not final because we are infallible, we are infallible what we are final.

Despite Trump's struggles with Christian values in his personal life at times, skeptical evangelical Christians lined up behind him in the 2016 election, and they remain one of his most loyal constituencies. He met Thursday with key Republican and Democratic senators at the White House in the evening to discuss the vacancy. The White House said Trump's team also spoke with more than a dozen additional senators.

"The courts have been at the very center of the relationship", Moore said.

He said Democratic senators running for reelection in conservative states, like West Virginia and in, face a "lose-lose" scenario: Risk angering their base voters by supporting Trump's pick, or vote no and harm their chances among the Republicans and moderates they still need to win.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has committed to confirming a nominee in the fall, which the Republican-controlled Senate should be able to do if McConnell can hold his razor-thin majority together.

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