Who’s on President Trump’s list to replace Justice Kennedy?

Chris Matthews Dems must do to Trump on Supreme Court what Mc Connell did to Obama

Kennedy has seemed to relish his frequent role as the decisive fifth vote in numerous important decisions, particularly two, one preserving Roe v. Wade and access to abortion as a fundamental constitutional right, the other establishing same-sex marriage as such a right.

Vanita Gupta, head of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, says senators need to put country over party and use every tool to stop what she calls President Donald Trump's plan "to take over the Supreme Court for the next 40 years". President Donald Trump in the Oval Office told reporters he will "immediately" begin the search for a new Supreme Court justice.

Sources indicated to Fox News six federal appeals court judges - Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Amul Thapar, Joan Larsen and Raymond Kethledge - are considered early frontrunners, though others could be under consideration too, as Trump said Wednesday he will choose someone from his previously released list of 25 candidates.

Republicans changed Senate rules past year to get Trump's conservative nominee, Neil Gorsuch, confirmed, lowering the threshold to advance Supreme Court nominations to a simple majority vote.

The court ruled 5-4 in Trump's favor, which could indicate that the Supreme Court will favor the administration on future immigration issues.

Trump spoke Wednesday shortly after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. But it wasn't enough, she said.

The challengers had argued that the policy was motivated by Trump's enmity toward Muslims and urged courts to take into account his inflammatory comments during the 2016 presidential campaign. And in decisions announced this week, Kennedy voted with the majority to uphold the third iteration of Trump's so-called travel ban and to free public workers from paying mandatory fees to labor unions.

"It will be somebody from that list", Trump said.

Instead we'll think back fondly to the days - not that long ago - when filling these vacancies didn't routinely devolve into all-out tribal warfare.

Kennedy has always been considered the swing vote on the court between the liberal and conservative justices.

"I like them all", he said.

Trump's July 9 time frame could prove optimistic.

As many conservatives saw it, Justice Anthony Kennedy's 1988 ascent to the nation's highest bench was reason for only muted celebration, if any, because he settled into the seat that his nominator, President Ronald Reagan, had first tried to fill with the conservatives' favorite jurist, Robert Bork.

And none of them now wants to vote on another Trump nominee to the Supreme Court.

Trump's nominee must win confirmation by the Senate.

"You are going to see 20 states pass laws banning abortion outright".

Like Collins and Murkowski, these Democrats are unlikely to reveal how they will vote until the nomination comes to the Senate floor.

While their attempt this term fell short, when the case was punted on a technicality, a concurrence from Justice Elena Kagan may have provided a path to attracting Kennedy's vote.

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