Trump 'Probably' Won't Ask SCOTUS Nominees About Roe v. Wade

01 July, 2018, 06:57 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • Conservative lawyers steer Trump on Supreme Court pick

"It's a great group of intellectual talent. they are generally conservative", Trump said.

Kennedy, 81, announced Wednesday he would retire from the bench July 31 after three decades on the Supreme Court. He said he planned to interview one or two of them this weekend in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is spending time with family at his private golf course. Two of the Republicans - Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins - are abortion-rights supporters and could balk at voting for a Trump nominee who would overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade landmark abortion decision. He was nominated by President Ronald Reagan, a Republican, in 1988.

The strategy mirrors one Mr Trump has been pursuing for appointments to the lower courts, where younger than normal judges have often been selected.

There is no nominee yet, but Trump indicated on Friday he will likely pick from a short list of roughly five candidates, all of which have bona fides among conservatives and align ideologically with Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Furthermore, of the court's four liberals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Justice Stephen Breyer turns 80 this summer, meaning that Trump could have the chance to fill more openings.

NBC News previously reported that one of the front-runners, according to those involved in the process, is Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland. But Trump could move to appoint a much more reliable conservative.

"I like them all", he said. Asked about Barrett, he said, "She's an outstanding woman". "I actually saw him on television last night, where he said he would love the job". You know, usually, they don't say that.

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Among Trump's counselors is Leonard Leo, who is taking a leave of absence as executive vice president of the Federalist Society to serve as an outside adviser in the selection process. Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota also talked to Trump.

The president originally said he was considering a list of 25 candidates.

The complication for a Lee nomination is that if he joined the court, a Republican Senate seat would be vacated at a time when Republicans hold only a narrow 51-49 Senate majority.

With Gorsuch, his body of work and his writing were important, but Trump was also impressed by his educational record and his class ranking.

"We'd be very happy if he'd pick any name on that list", said Severino.

Pro-choice demonstrators wave signs in front of the US Supreme Court 30 November 2005, in Washington, DC.

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