Former federal judge: New Supreme Court appointment could impact abortion

Court Confirmation Process Likely to Follow Gorsuch Playbook

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.

The 81-year-old will step down in July paving the way for President Trump to name his second Supreme Court justice in as many years.

"I don't know how I'm going to do this", the operator said with a heavy sigh.

Democrats and liberal interest groups, gearing up for President Donald Trump's choice for the seat opened up by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, are treating the moment as one of utmost danger for abortion rights in the United States.

"We're not looking at this as a strictly partisan vote", said Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs.

Later, Mr. Melendez said that he received a call from Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, arranging a callback time for him and the president and asking what topic he would like to raise with Mr. Trump.

Hawkins noted that Kennedy has voted to uphold abortion rights in several cases, including the landmark 1992 ruling Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and more recently, in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, which overturned a Texas law that placed additional health regulations on clinics that perform abortions.

One thing is certain as President Donald Trump surveys prospective Supreme Court nominees: Age matters. Choosing his successor, which needs Senate approval, gives Trump the chance to mold the dominant ideology on the Supreme Court for years to come. Also of interest are Amul Thapar, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati; Brett Kavanaugh, a former clerk for Kennedy who serves on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.; and Amy Coney Barrett, who serves on the federal appeals court in Chicago.

Some possible nominees being eyed include Thomas Hardiman, who serves alongside Trump's sister on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Raymond Kethledge, a federal appeals court judge who clerked for Kennedy.

Echoing Leo's view, Sen.

"You don't overturn precedent unless there's a good reason", Graham said. "And probably not. They're all saying, 'Don't do that, you don't do that, you shouldn't do that, ' but I'm putting conservative people on".

Trump says he thinks that is "inappropriate to discuss".

On Sunday, Trump seemed to reaffirm that belief, telling Fox News that abortion "could very well end up with states at some point". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has committed to confirming a nominee in the fall, which the Republican-controlled Senate should be able to do if McConnell can hold his razor-thin majority together.

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