It has emerged that the Trump administration heavily courted Kennedy to retire before the mid-term elections, giving Trump the potential to nominate a justice with a known majority in the Senate.
Trump did not identify the finalists for the slot being vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, and said he would interview "one or two" candidates during his weekend stay at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. "Well, if we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that's really what's going to be - that will happen", said Trump when asked during a presidential debate whether he wanted to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.
And according to The Washington Post, "The fatal shooting of five employees of the Capital Gazette seems to have deepened a general sense among journalists that the ugly emails and phone calls they ordinarily receive might be something more than just a disgruntled individual blowing off steam". Only one is a woman: Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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.
Asked about Mr. Lee, the president said, "He said he'd like the job". Joe Manchin III (W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) met with the president at the White House on Thursday night and are under pressure from liberal activists and their colleagues.
"Well, that's a big one, and probably not", Trump told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo in an interview scheduled to air Sunday at 10 a.m. on "Sunday Morning Futures". Trump passed over Hardiman in favor of Neil Gorsuch, who has proven to be reliably conservative in his tenure so far and has been a key vote in numerous controversial 5-4 decisions, including the decision to uphold the president's travel ban. "I would say that he is among the most powerful justices since at least 1937".
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"There are 400,000 people who have signed up, people who are going to be wearing white at rallies across the country". Loretta Fudoli took a bus to Washington from Conway, Arkansas, to join Thursday's protest.
As a candidate, Trump sought to win over social conservatives by emphasizing the role of the Federalist Society in judicial nominations.
Pro-choice demonstrators wave signs in front of the US Supreme Court 30 November 2005, in Washington, DC.
In a statement, Murkowski noted her standards for the Supreme Court are "extremely high" and that she will cast an "independent vote" when the eventual nominee comes before the Senate.
"It is exciting though, right?" said Trump.
"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".
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