Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Trump to announce Supreme Court pick on July 9

Trump to announce Supreme Court pick on July 9

The president said two women are among the candidates he's considering among a pool of between five and seven potential nominees.

"Outside of war and peace, of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge, if you get it".

They include judges Amy Coney Barrett, 46, the most talked-about woman on the list; Thomas Hardiman, 52, the runner-up to Gorsuch a year ago; Raymond Kethledge, 51, another former Kennedy clerk; and Amul Thapar, 49, a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

McConnell predicted the president will nominate "an all-star", and said he has no doubts the Senate will confirm. In doing so, he will fulfill the dreams of white evangelical voters who embraced Trump, of all people, in order to protect the court's conservative majority.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House April 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The president followed through with the appointment of Neil Gorsuch less than a month after his inauguration, delighting religious conservatives nationwide.

Asked by Fox's Maria Bartiromo whether he would ask potential nominees how they might come down on Roe v. Wade, Trump said: "Well, that's a big one".

White House Counsel Don McGahn will be Trump's lead adviser on the pick, having successfully guided the nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch through the selection and confirmation process a year ago, White House sources said.

He added, "I think it's inappropriate to discuss".

The only name Trump mentioned was U.S. Sen.

"We're going to have great judges, conservative, all picked by the Federalist Society", Trump said during an interview on Breitbart News radio.

"That's not a question I'll be asking", he said. Also of interest are Amul Thapar, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati, lives in Kentucky and is close to McConnell; Brett Kavanaugh, a former clerk for Kennedy who serves on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.; and Amy Coney Barrett, who serves on the federal appeals court in Chicago. Mike Lee, R-Utah, indicating that Lee was pining for the nomination. "You know, they went four years, they went eight years and they never got a choice, and here we are at two already".

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. "I love that issue if they're going to actually do that".

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday he hoped the confirmation process would be done "in time for the new justice to begin the fall term of the Supreme Court. the first Monday in October". The more significant shift on the high court, he said, would likely be the help given to conservatives in their fight for what they call religious freedom.

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