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Senators Who Will Likely Decide The Next Supreme Court Justice

Senators Who Will Likely Decide The Next Supreme Court Justice

The nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will be announced on July 9, President Trump said on Friday.

Carlos Barria / Reuters Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court spot stolen from Barack Obama by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell elated conservatives.

The president 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.

When asked about recently proposed changes to federal Title X family planning funds that help pay for reproductive healthcare for low-income women, more than half said they are against the changes.

"I've got it down to about five", Trump said, including two women.

"They're smart and tapped into the conservative legal community", he said.

Like-minded advocacy groups are expected to mount efforts to assure the nominee is confirmed, and the Judicial Crisis Network has said it will spend at least a million dollars in the effort.

On the day she endorsed candidate Trump in March 2016, the late iconic anti-abortion activist Phyllis Schlafly first asked him privately whether he would appoint more judges like the conservative Antonin Scalia, recalled Schlafly's successor Ed Martin, who was in the room at the time.




President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump, arrive at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Friday, June 29, 2018.

The Democrats - Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - are running for re-election IN November IN states Trump won IN 2016.

Asked by Fox's Maria Bartiromo whether he would ask potential nominees how they might come down on Roe v. Wade, Trump said: "Well, that's a big one". In doing so, he will fulfill the dreams of white evangelical voters who embraced Trump, of all people, in order to protect the court's conservative majority.

Trump was not giving out any names.

All five have spoken at Federalist Society events. But Republican Senator John McCain, who has an aggressive form of brain cancer, has been absent from the Senate for months, meaning that if all Senate Democrats vote against Trump's eventual nominee, it would take only one Republican defection to defeat his pick.

One factor that eases the immediate political pressure on both senators: Collins is not up for re-election until 2020; Murkowski in 2022.

The complication for a Lee nomination is that if he joined the court, a Republican Senate seat would be vacated at a time when Republicans hold only a narrow 51-49 Senate majority.

"Mike Lee, he's an outstanding talent", Trump said.


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