Trump narrows Supreme Court list, to name nominee July 9

Gwen Vasquez
July 1, 2018

"We have to pick one that's going to be there for 40 years, 45 years", Trump said at a campaign rally in Fargo, North Dakota on Wednesday, suggesting that his nominee will be young enough to serve that long on the court.

The news sent shockwaves through Washington and the nation, especially among legal pundits and members of Congress who expressed their concerns about just how much of an impact Kennedy's departure may have on the Supreme Court and the rulings made for decades to come.

Kennedy's news that he'll leave the court next month immediately activated a network of White House aides, congressional allies and outside advocates, all set for their second Supreme Court confirmation fight in two years.

When asked is issues affecting women are the "most important" for 2018 candidates to discuss, almost half (48 percent) said they are "very important but not the most important issue". "And I'm going to try and do something like that, but I don't think I'm going to be so specific". Nominated by Republican President Ronald Reagan and confirmed in 1988, Kennedy is widely thought to be a moderate and pivotal swing vote on the court.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route from Washington to his private golf club in New Jersey, Trump said he may interview two contenders for the nomination this weekend. He serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and is a former Kennedy law clerk, as was Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, who succeeded Antonin Scalia.

Other women on the list include Joan Larsen, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati and previously served as a Michigan Supreme Court Justice, and Allison Eid, who serves on the federal appeals court based in Denver and previously served as a Colorado Supreme Court justice. She said the group spent $10 million supporting the Gorsuch confirmation.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump, arrive at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Friday, June 29, 2018. Mike Lee, who is the one non-judge on the list.

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"He's an outstanding talent", he said. "I actually saw him on television last night, where he said he would love the job. As you know, there are many presidents who never get a choice", Trump said.

Trump has moved quickly on his selection process. Also attending were Republican Charles Grassley and Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp.

The Federalist Society is a nationwide organization of conservative lawyers who espouse conservative judicial philosophies.

One person on that list of names is Utah Sen.

In recent years, the average retirement age for a Supreme Court justice has been 83. "What we're seeing here is Gorsuch 2.0".

Senate Democrats are calling to delay the vote until after the midterm elections, but McConnell has rejected their call and there is little Democrats can do to ultimately delay a vote. Trump relished the suspense of the final reveal, asking "So was that a surprise?"

In case there was any doubt about the administration's intentions behind filling Kennedy's seat, the director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services Roger Severino appeared at the National Right to Life Convention on Thursday in Overland Park, Kansas and assured the crowd of anti-woman activists that the Trump administration was "just getting started".

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