Trump gets new Supreme Court pick as critical 'swing vote' resigns

29 June, 2018, 18:35 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Trees cast shadows outside the US Supreme Court in Washington

With the supreme court justice Anthony Kennedy retiring, Donald Trump and the Republican party have been gifted a second supreme court pick, which is expected to shift the ideology of the nation's high court to the right.

Trump's first high court nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed in April 2017. With Kennedy acting as a swing vote in many 5-4 court rulings - including upholding Roe v. Wade and legalizing gay marriage - his departure gives Trump the opportunity to put a solid conservative majority on the court.

Democrats were left irate in 2016, after a Republican-majority Senate refused to vote on Barack Obama's 2016 nominee Merrick Garland.

When asked if she could support a Supreme Court nominee who opposed legal abortion, Collins said that she considers a variety of criteria when evaluating potential justices. "There are times to fight and this is one of them".

Republicans now hold a bare 51-49 majority in the Senate, although that includes the ailing Senator John McCain of Arizona.

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Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reacts to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement announcement. Trump said his search for a Supreme Court nominee will "begin immediately" and he intends to make his selection from a list of more than 20 reliably conservative candidates the White House released previous year.

The court's four liberal justices dissented.

Cruz was responding to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's call for the "Biden rule" to be used, which would delay a nomination until after the November midterm elections.

Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, said Kennedy's role as the deciding votes in big cases means this confirmation fight will be more consequential than any in decades.

The other two older justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, and Stephen Breyer, 79, are Democratic appointees who would not appear to be going anywhere during a Trump administration if they can help it.

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