The Liberal Meltdown Over Justice Kennedy Retiring

The Liberal Meltdown Over Justice Kennedy Retiring

Trump said he may begin interviewing candidates this weekend and is already considering two women.

A key part of the vetting process will likely be reviewing the judge's history of written opinions, said a person with knowledge of Trump's thinking, who noted that the range of Gorsuch's past opinions impressed Trump.

The 81-year-old Kennedy announced his retirement on Wednesday, giving Trump his second seat on the court to fill since he took office in January 2017. "Supreme Court judges will probably be chosen by the next president", the conservative Cal Thomas said on his radio show in 1984. "No matter how I vote there are going to be people who are furious at me", Collins told POLITICO. 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.

In his Air Force One conversation with reporters, during the quick afternoon flight to New Jersey from Washington, Trump singled out one potential candidate for the court, Sen.

"The left is going to try very hard to say this is all about overturning Roe", said Johnnie Moore, a Southern Baptist minister who was a co-chairman of the Trump campaign's evangelical advisory board. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, who is an attorney but not a judge.

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

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.

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"I like them all", he said. "I said, 'Mr. President, that's your choice'". She said the group spent $10 million supporting the Gorsuch confirmation.

Kennedy's retirement, he said, could provide Democrats with a clear-cut argument in November for the importance of retaking Congress in case further court vacancies arise during the Trump administration. "I actually saw him on television last night where he said he'd love the job".

White House aides said other names are in the mix as well. Also attending were Republican Charles Grassley and Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp.

The poll, which was conducted on Thursday and Friday, found that abortion ranked a distant fourth when respondents were asked to list the issue of most concern to them among several that could come before the court.

Trump's allies have made clear he wants another justice in the Gorsuch mold.

The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative political campaign organization, has launched a seven-figure ad buy aimed at vulnerable Democrats, said chief counsel and policy director Carrie Severino. And that is why these seats matter so much because - one of my favorite lines about the Supreme Court was by Justice Robert Jackson who served in the 1940s and '50s.

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