Justice Kennedy May Soon Find Himself Disappointed And His Legacy Undermined

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpCanadian prime minister commemorates victims of Maryland newspaper shooting Trump suggested to Macron that France should leave the European Union: report Maryland newspaper writer in emotional interview: "We need more than prayers" MORE on Friday said he has narrowed his list of potential Supreme Court nominees to five, including two women, and plans to announce his pick on July 9.

According to the BBC, Trump plans on interviewing "one or two" of the potential nominees at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club over the weekend.

But whatever Mr. Trump said during his campaign, Leonard Leo, who advises the president on judicial nominations, said abortion did not come up in Mr. Trump's interviews with prospective nominees when he chose Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year.

A person familiar with the process said White House officials are focused primarily on five federal appeals court judges - Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Raymond Kethledge and Amul Thapar - all Republican appointees with conservative track records.

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., want to move swiftly to confirm the justice to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy before the court reconvenes on October 1.

"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.

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"It's a great group of intellectual talent", Trump said.

Trump's legislative director Marc Short said the White House has begun conversations with several Senate offices.

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

Ninety percent of Democrats said the vacancy would make them more likely to vote for a Democratic Senate candidate in the November 6 election, compared with 81 percent of Republicans who said the issue would make them more likely to vote for a Senate candidate from their party.

Just to get a sense of the range of possibilities here, consider this: If 2016's zero "mismatch rate" prevailed this year - meaning every state went for the party that carried it in the last presidential election -Republicans would have a net gain of nine Senate seats and would secure a filibuster-proof 60-40 margin. But a new Pew report this week on the recent history of Senate races, and their relationship to presidential outcomes, makes it clearer than ever what kind of mountain Democrats are climbing in terms of their effort to reclaim the upper chamber. Trump said he will pick from a list of 25 conservative candidates.

Trump's affinity for younger judges is also evident in his other nominations to the federal bench. You know, usually, they don't say that. And to critics who call McConnell a hypocrite for not waiting until the election, Hewitt says that in the case of Merrick Garland, McConnell was following the "Biden Rule" set in 1992, which said a president should not name a nominee if a vacancy on the court opens up before an election. "His opinions are so well-written and so brilliant", the president said. "What we're seeing here is Gorsuch 2.0". Lisa Murkowski will be the target of intense lobbying as President Trump is expected to put forward a pick who would shift the Supreme Court in a more conservative direction. And it was the bank's effort to gain a bigger foothold in the U.S. that seems to have been behind the special relationship with Trump.

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