Trump to name nominee for Supreme Court on 9 July

Sen. Susan Collins speaks to reporters after the weekly Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on April 24

Sen. Susan Collins speaks to reporters after the weekly Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill on April 24

He told reporters on board the presidential aircraft Air Force One he had narrowed the choice down to "about five" candidates, including two women.

It is hard to know how reliable such polling is, but for whatever it is worth: A significant number of voters in 2016 said - perhaps they were minting a retrospective rationale for an unpleasant act - that they voted for Donald Trump because they consider the Supreme Court supremely important, and they trusted Trump more than his opponent to fill the empty seat, the one occupied by Antonin Scalia until his death in February 2016.

In answer to reporters' questions, Trump denied a candidate's stance on abortion rights and the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion case would be a litmus test.

"I'm not going to ask them that question", he said.

Mr. Trump has said he would start the effort to replace Kennedy "immediately" and would pick from a list of 25 names that he updated previous year.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, 47, a member of the Senate that must confirm Trump's nominee, is also under consideration, aides said. "President Trump has been making good on his threat to stack the courts with those who are opposed to safe, legal abortion, and we can only expect that he'll nominate another extreme opponent". Democratic senators signal the process to replace Kennedy might not be as easy as Republican leadership hope for it to be ahead of a midterm where a third of the Senate is up for re-election, though what specific steps they can take to halt the nomination remain unclear. That means Democrats, who only control 49 seats in the chamber, may not be needed to advance the nomination.

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After nominating Justice Neil Gorsuch to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in January 2017, Trump appointed three judges who had previously clerked for Justice Kennedy to federal appeal courts, and included another two on the shortlist to fill any subsequent vacancies on the Supreme Court, The Times reported.

Kennedy's retirement, he said, could provide Democrats with a clear-cut argument in November for the importance of retaking Congress in case further court vacancies arise during the Trump administration. Trump held the event for Òcelebrating the six month anniversary of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Judiciary Committee does not have any Democrats who look as if they may jump ship and vote with Republicans on Trump's nominee.

Both sides are gearing up for a confirmation battle in the Senate after Trump names his nominee.

"Part of me says I would like to see it after the election because I think it will just fuel the turnout and have more participation in the election", Perkins said. They include judges Amy Coney Barrett, 46, the most talked-about woman on the list; Thomas Hardiman, 52, the runner-up to Gorsuch past year; Raymond Kethledge, 51, another former Kennedy clerk; and Amul Thapar, 49, a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

"The right to access abortion in this country is on the line", Dawn Laguens, the executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. Environmental observers say the Clean Water Act is likely to come under fire, including the Waters of the US rule - an Obama era regulation that sought to clarify EPA's jurisdiction over USA waterways, but has since been suspended and could wind up before the Supreme Court.

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