Trump Supreme Court pick set for July 9; two women under consideration

30 June, 2018, 23:10 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Trump Supreme Court pick set for July 9; two women under consideration

In an interview that will air on Sunday, Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo asked Mr. Trump, "Are you going to ask your nominee beforehand how they might vote on Roe v. Wade?".

For much of Chief Justice John Roberts' 13 years in the center chair on the Supreme Court, the direction of the law came down to the man who sat next to him, Anthony Kennedy, whose key vote and centrist-conservative reasoning steered cases from abortion to gay rights to the death penalty. "You know, usually, they don't say that", Trump said.

Three women now serve on the bench: Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

"The fact that there's a modest enthusiasm disadvantage isn't all that meaningful because there's already an enthusiasm gap for Republicans", he said, noting Democratic anger towards Trump.

Pro-choice demonstrators wave signs in front of the US Supreme Court 30 November 2005, in Washington, DC.

Trump said he would speak with one or two candidates, and plans to announce his selection on Monday, July 9.

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Marc Short, White House legislative affairs director, said Friday the White House wants to announce a nominee quickly so the Judiciary Committee will be able to vet that person while the pick meets with panel members and other senators in time for confirmation hearings during the "summer".

Choosing a female justice might help soothe concerns among the two most moderate Republicans in the senate, both of whom are women.

He said Democratic senators running for reelection in conservative states, like West Virginia and in, face a "lose-lose" scenario: Risk angering their base voters by supporting Trump's pick, or vote no and harm their chances among the Republicans and moderates they still need to win.

According to the Washington Post, the 53-year-old circuit judge has previously argued presidents "should not be distracted by civil lawsuits, criminal investigations or even questions from a prosecutor or defense attorney while in office" - a view that would likely be welcomed by Trump, who has warred against the ongoing investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign, along with the FBI probe into his longtime fixer, Michael Cohen. "It's a great group of intellectual talent. they are generally conservative", Trump said. He anticipated interviewing "6 or 7" candidates altogether.

Kennedy's retirement announcement Wednesday, June 27, provided Trump with an opportunity to place a second justice on the all-important court.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has said it would be "the absolute height of hypocrisy" for Republicans to confirm a justice in an election year, given their response to Garland's nomination. The worst fears - and highest hopes - excited by the prospect of a new Supreme Court justice may well be overblown.

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