Sen. Mike Lee: Possible Supreme Court Frontrunner

Katie Ramirez
June 30, 2018

Powering forward with a decision that could reshape the Supreme Court for decades, President Donald Trump said Friday he will announce his choice to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9.

Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, and Susan Collins, Maine, will nearly certainly be needed for Trump's eventual nominee to be confirmed, making them the most influential senators in the battle to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced Wednesday that he is retiring.

"I've got it narrowed to about five", he said, including two women.

Roosevelt laid out his plan in a 1937 bill called the Judicial Procedures Reform Bill which would have added as many as six new justices to the court for every sitting justice that was over 70 years and six months old and who had served on the court for at least ten months.

Trump was asked Friday if he plans to ask potential nominees their views on abortion rights and Roe v. Wade.

"No matter how I vote there are going to be people who are furious at me", Collins said. Mike Lee, who is the one non-judge on the list.

The political news website said one person familiar with White House thinking said officials were keen on picking a woman and were closely vetting 7th Circuit Judge Amy Barrett and 10th Circuit Judge Allison Eid.

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Kennedy, 81, served as a swing vote on key immigration, abortion and gay-rights cases and the president has said he wants to fill his seat with someone in the mold of his first Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, a staunch conservative jurist.

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Trump was also asked about Sen. Even though Republican leader McConnell changed Senate rules a year ago to allow confirmation by simple majority, if Democrats hold together he can not afford defections. Mike Lee. According to Bloomberg, three inside sources are saying that Trump has been asking his staff about the pros and cons of nominating Lee.

"Not 20 states. There will be some states, but they will be in a very distinct minority", he said.

"I think sometimes we talk about Supreme Court too much in abstractions, about dignity and who is qualified and who is not". He said we are not final because we are infallible, we are infallible what we are final.

"Roe v. Wade is doomed", he added.

Experts who study the power dynamics of Washington have a message for Democrats looking to stop the Trump administration from abusing its power: When they go low, you go lower. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, was at the White House Thursday night for a meeting with Trump.

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