Sunday shows preview: Supreme Court fight in the spotlight

Sunday shows preview: Supreme Court fight in the spotlight

President Donald Trump tells reporters aboard Air Force One he plans to announce his choice to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9.

But it also creates a career-defining dilemma for two key Republican women, Sen.

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.

Kennedy, 81, announced Wednesday he would retire from the bench July 31 after three decades on the Supreme Court.

Kennedy's retirement will give Trump the opportunity to appoint his second justice and reshape the nation's highest court for generations.

He is set to meet with candidates over the weekend in New Jersey.

Among Trump's counselors is Leonard Leo, who is taking a leave of absence as executive vice president of the Federalist Society to serve as an outside adviser in the selection process. That list includes six women.

They include judges Amy Coney Barrett, 46, the most talked-about woman on the list; Thomas Hardiman, 52, the runner-up to Gorsuch a year ago; Raymond Kethledge, 51, another former Kennedy clerk; and Amul Thapar, 49, a favorite of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill.: "With so much at stake for the people of our country, the U.S. Senate must be consistent and consider the President's #SCOTUS nominee once the new Congress is seated in January".

Trump himself has predicted Roe would be overturned because "I am putting pro-life justices on the court".

In interviewing candidates, Trump said he would not discuss whether they would reverse the Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision.

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"There is no doubt that the President's nominee to succeed Justice Kennedy can expect exacting scrutiny from the Senate and that is the standard I will apply in evaluating the nominee", she said.

Trump did mention another potential candidate, Sen.

"Mike Lee, he's an outstanding talent", Trump said. "People made fun of him for describing the role as an umpire calling balls and strikes, but I think that's really the way he sees it".

"They're looking for anything and everything to motivate their base because they know they've got a big problem on their hands", said Maslin. So long as Republican senators stick together, Trump's nominee will be confirmed.

White House aides said other names are in the mix as well.

Roberts will be the justice who determines "how far they go and how fast they go", said Washington lawyer John Elwood. The Democrats are citing Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell's successful block of President Barack Obama's nominee to the court, Merrick Garland, in 2016.

"On a lot of major decisions, he already has been the swing vote, so it's not an entirely new scenario", said Carrie Severino, the chief counsel and policy director at the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative legal group.

An open seat on the Supreme Court was an important factor in rallying conservatives behind Trump's presidential election campaign in 2016. "What we're seeing here is Gorsuch 2.0".

But the battle could pose challenges to both parties in the near term, particularly Senate Democrats running for re-election in states Trump won in 2016.

Nearly as soon as Kennedy's retirement was announced, several anti-abortion rights groups seized on the moment.

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