Trump Says He Will Announce Supreme Court Pick On July 9

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There are plenty of other instances where even when Trump scored a win, it was only after much unnecessary drama that undercut his original goal, from his foiled efforts to repeal Obamacare to the family-separation crisis sparked by his "zero tolerance" immigration policy. The president says he is proud of Neil Gorsuch, the judge he appointed previous year, so he is looking for a nominee who is relatively similar.

Trump said he plans to announce his nominee for the high court on July 9 and that he has identified five finalists, including two women. The 53-year-old appeals court judge is a former clerk for Justice Kennedy.

Trump has acted quickly on his selection process. Mike Lee. Trump said that the GOP lawmaker "said he'd like the job; usually they don't say that".

That was an overstatement.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of July, was considered the swing vote on the court to uphold abortion rights. Conservatives have called for his impeachment. Both were being closely vetted, Politico said, citing a person familiar with White House thinking on the nomination.

"Senator McConnell set the new standard by giving the American people their say in the upcoming election before Court vacancies are filled", he said in a statement.

During Mr. Kennedy's tenure, Deutsche Bank became Mr. Trump's most important lender, dispensing well over $1 billion in loans to him for the renovation and construction of skyscrapers in NY and Chicago at a time other mainstream banks were wary of doing business with him because of his troubled business history.

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The Trump presidential campaign of 2016 put together an initial list with input from conservative lawyers and activists steeped in the politics of judicial nominations.

Senate Republicans vowed yesterday to confirm a new Supreme Court justice this fall, despite Democratic calls to wait until after the midterm elections to consider a pick who's likely to shape environmental and energy legal policies for decades to come. The two had met at a lunch after the inauguration, and Ms. Trump brought along her daughter, Arabella Kushner.

Ms. Trump tweeted about the visit and posted a photo.

"Think of it this way - if there is another vacancy, who do you want picking the next Supreme Court Justice?" "I'm grateful for the opportunity to teach her about the judicial system in our country firsthand".

Kennedy was the swing vote in many key decisions, but for the energy industry, the most impactful was his vote in MA v. EPA, which concluded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

"While liberals have been able to pick off a number of crucial victories in years past on hotly contested matters, they will nearly always fall short in the future without Justice Kennedy on the bench now".

In answer to reporters' questions, Trump denied a candidate's stance on abortion rights and the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion case would be a litmus test.