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Trump gets new Supreme Court pick as critical 'swing vote' resigns

28 June 2018

Yes, a man they thought risky and demagogic was in the White House but the other branches of government - Congress and the courts - were providing an effective brake on executive power.

Even if the vacancy is filled before November, months of pre-election discussion of the court, and Trump's presumed fulfilment of his promise to appoint right-wing justices, could help boost Republican enthusiasm.

With the news that conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy is to retire, a huge opportunity has landed in Donald Trump's lap.

Originally appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan, Kennedy has been a notorious swing vote on the court.

On Tuesday, after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the administration's right to impose a travel ban on residents of several Muslim-majority nations, McConnell wordlessly tweeted a photo of himself and Neil Gorsuch - the justice who was elevated to the high court because of McConnell's election-season maneuver.

"It was a distinct honor to clerk for Justice Kennedy, and I wish him and his wife Mary all the best in retirement", he said in a statement. Trump's first nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed previous year.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion, which said the travel ban was "squarely within the scope of Presidential authority".

Justice Kennedy's vote has been pivotal on key decisions including the 5-4 rulings that decided same-sex marriage and upheld Roe v Wade.

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Earlier, Trump said in an official statement issued by the White House, "Today's Supreme Court ruling is a tremendous victory for the American People and the Constitution".

The travel ban has been fully in place since December, when the justices stopped lower court decisions that had blocked part of it from being enforced.

The president said he would pick from a list of roughly 25 judicial nominees compiled by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society during his campaign.

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"The Supreme Court has upheld a ban driven by anti-Muslim sentiment", said Jasmin Samy, the council's state executive director.

"With so much at stake for the people of our country, the U.S. Senate must be consistent and consider the president's nominee once the new Congress is seated in January", Durbin said.

The travel ban was among the court's biggest cases this term and the latest in a string of 5-4 decisions in which the conservative side of the court, bolstered by the addition of Gorsuch previous year, prevailed.

In the spring of 2016, before his election, Trump issued a list of 11 conservative judges he considered "representative of the kind of constitutional principles I value" and saying he would use it as "a guide to nominate our next United State Supreme Court justices".

Trump gets new Supreme Court pick as critical 'swing vote' resigns