Trump considering two women for Supreme Court

Clay Curtis
July 1, 2018

For example, he sided with the court's liberals by voting in favor of abortion rights and gay rights in key cases.

Trump said he not will push the candidates to say whether they would overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established a woman's right to abortion. "They're all saying 'don't do that, you shouldn't do that, '" Trump said.

That would put a new justice in place before the congressional midterm elections in November, when all seats in the House of Representatives and a third of those in the Senate will be contested.

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

A fourth woman on the court would be a United States record. The White House said Trump's team also spoke with more than a dozen additional senators.

He called them all "outstanding", but did not say if they are on his short list.

Hatch said he didn't want to discuss "a number of people" under consideration. Trump welcomed Republicans Chuck Grassley, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp as part of the effort. 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, Utah Republican, who is an attorney but not a judge.

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Trump confirmed later on Air Force One that did not plan to ask potential candidates specifically about their views on Roe v. Wade, adding that he might conduct a few interviews over the weekend, while at his golf club in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. He anticipated interviewing "6 or 7" candidates altogether.

Kennedy, 81, announced Wednesday he would retire from the bench July 31 after three decades on the Supreme Court. His first nominee, Neil Gorsuch, earned Senate confirmation a year ago.

Should Trump announce his pick as advertised on July 9, it would mark just 13 days since Kennedy's announcement.

In addition, the Democrats and the Left are to blame for transforming the Supreme Court from the relatively weak role intended by the founders to the most powerful body in the land, one in which five unelected justices can tell you and me how to run our lives, our families and our businesses.

In 2013 - when President Obama ruled and the Democrats controlled the Senate - then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and current Minority Leader Chuck Schumer changed the Senate rules. In the meantime, advocacy groups are wasting no time jumping into the emerging campaign for Kennedy's replacement, who could tip the court's balance toward conservatives for years to come.

Mr. Trump is selecting from his list of 25 conservative judges, although the list includes Sen.

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