Trump Plans To Announce Supreme Court Pick July 9

Pablo Tucker
July 1, 2018

"Supreme Court judges will probably be chosen by the next president", the conservative Cal Thomas said on his radio show in 1984.

In interviewing candidates, Trump said he would not discuss whether they would reverse the Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision. "That's not a question I'll be asking", he replied, reports the AP.

Trump could be reluctant to take Lee out of the Senate because of past experience.

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin says it would be tough to support someone who would revamp the landmark decision. "You know, they went four years, they went eight years and they never got a choice, and here we are at two already".

"In the '70s, I don't know how many states had abortion illegal before Roe v. Wade, but it won't be near as many this time", he added. Donnelly has traveled with Trump on Air Force One, and appeared alongside the president at a recent bill signing ceremony at the White House.

On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy caused seismic waves in the United States political system when he announced plans to retire.

He is set to meet with candidates over the weekend in New Jersey.

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"I hope they keep thinking about it because they're going to get beaten so badly". But he said he does want to put conservative people on the Supreme Court and he is proud of his first nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch. He helped compile a 25-person list of likely nominees from which Trump has said he will make his selection.

"The fact that there's a modest enthusiasm disadvantage isn't all that meaningful because there's already an enthusiasm gap for Republicans", he said, noting Democratic anger towards Trump.

"It is exciting though, right?" said Trump. Advisers within the administration include White House Counsel Don McGahn.

NBC News previously reported that one of the front-runners, according to those involved in the process, is Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland.

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

July 9, the proposed announcement date, is one day before Trump is scheduled to leave on a trip to Europe.

There are ten Democratic senators up for re-election in 2018 in states that Trump won in 2016. Asked about Barrett, he said, "She's an outstanding woman".

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

It will be his second Supreme Court pick, one that will give him an opportunity to cement the conservative majority on the nation's high court for years to come. "What we're seeing here is Gorsuch 2.0".

Like-minded advocacy groups are expected to mount efforts to assure the nominee is confirmed, and the Judicial Crisis Network has said it will spend at least a million dollars in the effort.

A sign that the White House is also focusing on these Democrats: Sen.

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