Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Sunday shows preview: Supreme Court fight in the spotlight

Sunday shows preview: Supreme Court fight in the spotlight

President Donald Trump said Friday he intends to interview one or two potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees while at his Bedminister, N.J., golf club this weekend.

President Donald Trump on Saturday said he'll name his pick to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court on July 9, "the first Monday after the July 4th Holiday".

Collins has a more reliable record in favor of abortion rights, and boasts a 70-percent vote rating in 2018 from Planned Parenthood's political arm. Still, a more conservative court may be more willing to chip away at abortion rights by upholding state restrictions that Kennedy and the four liberal justices would have been likely to strike down.

"I may have two of them come up, like the old days, to Bedminster", Trump said, referring to the staff and Cabinet interviews he held there in late 2016 during the presidential transition.

Though Trump, who has little fixed ideology, has been an unpredictable and at times frustrating governing partner for the Republican leadership, he has largely adhered to GOP orthodoxy when it comes to judicial appointments, including his selection of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court a year ago.

He did not explicitly set a precedent for refusing to consider court nominees in all election years, as Democrats say now. "We have to pick one that's going to be there for 40 years, 45 years".

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The issue is at the forefront of the emerging nomination fight because the nine-member court has been so closely divided on abortion, and Kennedy has been a crucial fifth vote.

For Republicans' part, they need to balance actively campaigning against the trio in 2018, while courting their votes for the Supreme Court nominee.

Trump told reporters Friday he would not ask potential nominees their views on abortion rights and Roe v. Wade.

"That's not a question I'll be asking them", he said. Kennedy was the deciding vote on several cases, but with no moderates in sight after the justice announced his retirement Wednesday, Matz believes his exit "will drastically change the energy of the building".

The person Trump picks for the seat is nearly certainly going to be more conservative than Kennedy.

Trump himself has predicted Roe would be overturned because "I am putting pro-life justices on the court".

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Veronica Fowler of the ACLU of Iowa said that while getting the law to the Supreme Court "was definitely the goal of some extremist politicians in the Iowa Legislature", the group "purposely chose to challenge it under the Iowa Constitution because any appeals would end up in the Iowa Supreme Court".

Trump won West Virginia by 42 percentage points in the 2016 election, North Dakota by 36 percentage points and in by more than 19 percentage points.

Schumer said it would be "the absolute height of hypocrisy" for the Senate to move forward with confirming Trump's pick during an election year after using the 2016 election as the rationale for refusing to act on Garland. And the president, in the moments after Kennedy's retirement was announced, made clear that he understood the opportunity to shape the court for generations.

With the White House reeling after a week's worth of heart-wrenching images of forced family separations at the southern border, the court's support for the travel ban gave Trump a welcome boost and is sure to embolden him in pressing hard-line immigration policies heading into the midterms. On Wednesday, he joined his fellow conservatives in a ruling that dealt a major setback to organized labor by shutting off a key union revenue source.

But McConnell has insisted Kennedy's successor would be confirmed in the fall and demanded the "president's nominee be considered fairly and not subjected to personal attacks".

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