Trump says process to replace Kennedy will 'begin immediately'

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It would also have prevented gay people from marrying and ended university admissions programs that take race into account, she said. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, he worked as the Missouri state director for GOP nominee Bob Dole's presidential campaign in 1996 and went on to serve as USA attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri before the Senate in 2004 confirmed him to his current job in a 97-to-1 vote.

The "Biden rule" was the Senate equivalent of Supreme Court "dicta", but McConnell's "no hearings, no votes" stance in 2016 is an actual precedent. That sorry distinction goes to Indiana's Joe Donnelly and four other Democratic senators running for re-election in red states Trump carried in 2016.

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate would move quickly, promising a vote this fall on the nominee.

THOMAS HARDIMAN of Pennsylvania, US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit: Hardiman was among those interviewed by Trump previous year to fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia's death.

Supreme Court vacancies have become a key voting issue in the USA presidential elections.

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin had a grim response Wednesday to the news that Justice Anthony Kennedy will be retiring this summer: "Roe v. Wade is doomed". President Donald Trump in the Oval Office told reporters he will "immediately" begin the search for a new Supreme Court justice.

"I think it's inappropriate to discuss", he added. The FBI is still conducting background checks, the person said. If so, he or she will provide a fifth vote for the court's conservatives rather than its liberals - and over time reshape the US legal landscape.

The president's first high court nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, was confirmed in April 2017.

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US President Donald Trump has said he has narrowed his list of Supreme Court Justice candidates to five, including two women, with a final decision to be announced on July 9.

"He said he'd like the job, usually they don't say that", Trump.

The president said he would pick a successor from the previously released list of 25 candidates.

He was among several senators who met Thursday with Trump at the White House.

The Supreme Court held that the challengers had failed to show that the travel ban violated either US immigration law or the US Constitution's First Amendment prohibition on the government favoring one religion over another. Kennedy turns 82 in July and was the oldest justice behind 85-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump said his choice will come from a list of possible nominees that he put out during his campaign and updated last fall. Judges Amy Coney Barrett, whom Trump named to the federal appeals court in Chicago, and Raymond Kethledge, a former Kennedy law clerk who serves on the appeals court based in Cincinnati, also may be considered.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the United States president and rejected claims that the travel ban represented unconstitutional religious discrimination, saying it fell "squarely within" the presidential powers. He has advised Trump in the past on judicial picks.

If Roe v. Wade is not overturned outright, expect it to become much easier for states to impose extreme restrictions on access to abortion.

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