Trump will announce new Supreme Court pick soon - but won’t talk abortion

Trump will announce new Supreme Court pick soon - but won’t talk abortion

Trump will announce new Supreme Court pick soon - but won’t talk abortion

Kennedy has seemed to relish his frequent role as the decisive fifth vote in numerous important decisions, particularly two, one preserving Roe v. Wade and access to abortion as a fundamental constitutional right, the other establishing same-sex marriage as such a right.

Soon after he was sworn into office in 2017, Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who had died a year earlier.

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday handed Donald Trump one of the biggest victories of his presidency, upholding his travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries and rejecting the argument that it represented unconstitutional religious discrimination.

Republicans changed the rules during Gorsuch's confirmation to wipe out the main delaying tactic for Supreme Court nominees, the filibuster, and the need for 60 votes to defeat it.

Thapar, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, was personally interviewed by the president for the seat that went to Gorsuch.

Other women on the list include Joan Larsen, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati and previously served as a Michigan Supreme Court Justice, and Allison Eid, who serves on the federal appeals court based in Denver and previously served as a Colorado Supreme Court justice.


Karen Tumlin, of the pro-immigration National Immigration Law Center, said that "a decision like this does shake one's belief", and that she and the rest of the organization "will turn to continuing a longer fight for justice". Then, as now, the five conservatives were nominees of Republican presidents, while the four liberals were chosen by Democrats. "They're all saying 'don't do that, you shouldn't do that, '" Trump said.

"Apparently there's yet a new standard now, which is not to confirm a Supreme Court nominee at all", the Senate Majority Leader said. Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a nationwide abortion provider, said it was bracing for Trump to appoint a justice to overturn Roe v. Wade. As the swing vote, Kennedy has frequently infuriated many conservatives.

Trump could become the third-fastest president to have multiple justices confirmed to the court, behind George Washington and Chester Arthur. "Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president".

"I like them all", he said.

The Supreme Court has two cases left to decide before justices begin their summer break. If the Senate divides 50-50, Vice President Mike Pence could break a tie to confirm the nominee.

Like Collins and Murkowski, these Democrats are unlikely to reveal how they will vote until the nomination comes to the Senate floor. He was also the second-oldest behind Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85. "But we also praise Justice Kennedy's insight and forceful celebration of First Amendment freedoms, his sensitivity to the danger of authoritarian government, and his refreshing desire to preserve and teach the necessity of freedom of speech to future generations".

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