Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Trump predicts 'vicious' fight over Supreme Court vacancy

Trump predicts 'vicious' fight over Supreme Court vacancy

Trump will choose from his 25-member shortlist, and has narrowed it down to five candidates. So you're not just voting on whether you think Trump should have his nominee.

Trump said Friday that his Supreme Court selection process would begin in earnest on Monday and that he would interview "six or seven" candidates in total.

President Trump predicts that the fight over his eventual Supreme Court nominee to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat will be "vicious", but that the Republican-controlled Senate will be able to confirm his pick before the midterm elections.

"We've got great people", Trump said, adding that he doesn't plan on asking candidates whether they support overturning Roe v. Wade, the landmark court decision from 1973 that guaranteed women's abortion rights. CBS News' Weijia Jiang reports from the White House. The adviser acknowledged, however, that Trump has no desire to read the candidate's writing - only to know that it exists.

"This president had a vision", Leonard Leo, who advises the president on judicial nominees, told the Post.

"He's an outstanding talent", Trump said of Lee.

He said he is "very proud" of his successful nomination of conservative Justice Neil M. Gorsuch previous year.

"Well, that's a big one, and probably not", Trump told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo in an interview scheduled to air Sunday at 10 a.m. on "Sunday Morning Futures".

Justice Kennedy, who served in the US Supreme Court for 30 years, has held the key swing vote on high-profile matters such as abortion, same-sex marriage and capital punishment. "You've got to hit every one of them".

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