Will choose justice July 9, Trump says

Will choose justice July 9, Trump says

Trump has already spoken with many candidates on his list, and will likely interview the finalists again, officials said. "That's not a question I'll be asking", he replied, reports the AP.

They are also the only two Republican women who support abortion rights - with some caveats - and they could ultimately be the deciding votes on the Supreme Court nomination if all 49 members of the Senate Democratic caucus (including two independents) band together and oppose the nominee as a unified block.

The announcement of Kennedy's retirement on Wednesday sent shockwaves through Washington and constituted a victory for Trump, who will now choose Kennedy's replacement pending confirmation from the Republican-controlled Senate.

Trump said he planned to interview one or two candidates this weekend at his private golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Trump said he was not intending to ask candidates about their positions on Roe v. Wade, the landmark abortion rights decision. "Instead, Kennedy retired smack dab in the second year of Trump after developing a close acquaintance with the president". As he made his way out of the chamber, Mr. Trump paused to chat with the justice.

Trump said Kennedy's decision to retire at this point "showed confidence in us" to make a good choice for his successor.

Other favorites to land the nomination include 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge Amy Coney Barrett, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals judge Brett Kavanaugh and 6th Circuit Court of Appeals judges Raymond Kethledge and Amul Thapar. The younger Mr. Kennedy spent more than a decade at Deutsche Bank, eventually rising to become the bank's global head of real estate capital markets, and he worked closely with Mr. Trump when he was a real estate developer, according to two people with knowledge of his role.

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The newspaper is part of Capital Gazette Communications, which also publishes the Maryland Gazette and CapitalGazette.com. Trump first offered his "thoughts and prayers " to victims of the shooting on Thursday.

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Fans in OH will now hold its breath as they prepare to experience their hometown star go through the free agency period again. James' decision to decline his option still lets fans in Cleveland, Los Angeles and Philadelphia dream.

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"I think it's virtually certain that some or all of those laws will wind up before the Supreme Court", said CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

"He's an outstanding talent", he said. But Republican Senator John McCain, who has an aggressive form of brain cancer, has been absent from the Senate for months, meaning that if all Senate Democrats vote against Trump's eventual nominee, it would take only one Republican defection to defeat his pick.

There is only one reason for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., not to follow the precedent he set in 2016 by refusing to consider Merrick Garland, then-President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court: "Mitch McConnell doesn't care", said Steve Benen, an MSNBC producer for "The Rachel Maddow Show". "I actually saw him on television last night where he said he'd love the job". You know, usually, they don't say that.

Trump has moved quickly on his selection process. Even though Republican leader McConnell changed Senate rules past year to allow confirmation by simple majority, if Democrats hold together he can not afford defections. Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota also talked to Trump. The White House said Trump's team also spoke with more than a dozen additional senators.

The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative political campaign organization, has launched a seven-figure ad buy aimed at vulnerable Democrats, said chief counsel and policy director Carrie Severino.

"We'd be very happy if he'd pick any name on that list", said Severino. In the absence of a Supreme Court majority that will reliably protect human dignity, universal equality and women's right to control their own bodies, it is up to Americans who cherish these values to elect politicians at every level of government who share them. "What we're seeing here is Gorsuch 2.0".

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