Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Science | By Clint Wade

Trump says he’ll announce Supreme Court pick July 9

Trump says he’ll announce Supreme Court pick July 9

President Trump says he will announce his choices to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Most respondents also said they would vote for a candidate who supports stronger workplace protections against sexual harassment and assault, and one who supports paid parental leave.

"I've got it down to about five" candidates, including two women, Trump told reporters on Air Force One as he traveled to his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. He indicated that he may interview one or two candidates there this weekend.

The 81-year-old Kennedy announced his retirement on Wednesday, giving Trump his second seat on the court to fill since he took office in January 2017.

McConnell predicted the nominee will be similar to Trump's first Supreme Court selection, Neil Gorsuch, in terms of background and philosophy on the judiciary's role.

Trump's nominee must win confirmation by the Senate.

Age tends to be important to presidents because they want their nominees to serve for the longest possible length of time.

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The Supreme Court job is for life. Of the members of the current court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the only justice to join the court after celebrating a 60th birthday. The future of Kennedy's seat has been a moment abortion rights opponents and supporters alike have been anticipating for years because Kennedy historically sided with the liberals on the court in favor of protecting abortion rights. "As you know, there are many presidents who never get a choice", Trump said.

The shortlist comprises 25 names of judges who are known for their conservatism, even to the point of being called rightwing ideologues by some Democratic lawmakers.

All five have spoken at Federalist Society events. Red-state Democrats are generally loathe to make their campaigns about social issues, and Heitkamp has preferred to work with the Trump administration on economic and energy grounds. "The way he puts it, is someone who is quote, 'not weak, '" Leo said. Mike Lee, who is the one non-judge on the list.

"We have to pick one that's going to be there 40 years, 45 years", Trump said at a rally on Thursday.

In the run-up to selecting Gorsuch, Trump met with three contenders and White House officials vetted several more.

"We're not looking at this as a strictly partisan vote", said Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs. You nominate someone who is like-minded.

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