Published: Sat, June 30, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Donald Trump Says He’s Considering Two Women for Supreme Court

Donald Trump Says He’s Considering Two Women for Supreme Court

Everybody has been buzzing about the Supreme Court since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced on Wednesday that he would be retiring at the end of July.

The president said he would not ask potential nominees about their position on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that gave women the right to an abortion.

Trump said one or two court prospects would likely come to his club in Bedminster, New Jersey, possibly over the weekend "just for an interview".

Just hours after the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy was announced, Fox News host Dana Perino brought on conservative writer Ben Shapiro to talk about the possibility that the court could outlaw abortion by overturning its Roe v. Wade decision.

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

"Throughout his almost 30 years on the Supreme Court", Mr. Trump said, "Justice Kennedy has been praised by all for his dedicated and dignified service".

Trump said of the candidates under consideration, "It's a great group of intellectual talent".

But when it comes to what may be his most lasting legacy - shifting the Supreme Court to the right - the Trump administration has managed to avoid its trademark chaos.

Democrats argued the move would follow the precedent taken by Senate Republicans in 2016, when McConnell refused to consider a Supreme Court nominee until after the presidential election. Republicans have a narrow, 51-seat majority, and all eyes will be on a handful of Republicans who have been supportive of abortion rights, and on red-state Democrats facing re-election in November. He met Thursday evening at the White House with key senators - Republicans Chuck Grassley, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski and Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp - to discuss the vacancy. However, it's unclear which five of the 25 candidates he is most closely considering.

The Times article describes an unusually close relationship between Justice Kennedy and Trump and a "quiet campaign" from the White House to encourage Kennedy to retire. The Judiciary Committee does not have any Democrats who look as if they may jump ship and vote with Republicans on Trump's nominee.

Flake had blocked lower-court nominees in hopes of getting a Senate vote on curtailing Trump's tariff powers.

His departure puts women's reproductive rights in severe jeopardy; without Kennedy, the Supreme Court loses its swing vote in favor of abortion.

And when confronted for the first time in decades by a vacancy on the Supreme Court during a presidential election year McConnell invoked the "Biden Rule". Exit polls suggested the makeup of the Supreme Court played a major role for many voters on both sides, but more for Republicans.

Where we have ended up in 2018 is actually where the framers began when they declared in Article II, Section 2 that the president "shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint. judges of the Supreme Court".

Trump said he would raise the issue of alleged Russian meddling in US elections during his planned meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki next month. That list includes six women.

Among possible choices for Trump are Mick Mulvaney, who is the White House budget director and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Nick Ayers, who is Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, the source said.

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