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Trump narrows Supreme Court list, to name nominee July 9

01 July 2018

He added that two women are among his top candidates for the job.

"It's a great group of intellectual talent", Trump said. Kennedy's news that he'll leave the court next month immediately activated a network of White House aides, congressional allies and outside advocates, all set for their second Supreme Court confirmation fight in two years.

Trump talked about his plans in comments to reporters as he boarded Air Force One, CBS News, Bloomberg News, the Washington Post and USA Today report.

Trump told Fox News he probably won't ask the potential nominees whether they would overturn Roe v. Wade.

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"I think sometimes we talk about Supreme Court too much in abstractions, about dignity and who is qualified and who is not". He was nominated by President Ronald Reagan, a Republican, in 1988.

Other names on Trump's shortlist reportedly include former Kennedy clerk Raymond Kethledge; Amul Thapar, the preferred choice of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; and Sen.

"This is a battle line that has been drawn that literally will put women's lives at risk, that undermines our civil rights, our human rights", Gillibrand said at a rally in Washington. Only one is a woman: Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Leonard Leo, an outside legal activist, will be another key member of the president's advisory team, sources said. The strength of her victory was fueled by support among Alaska women, which has become part of Murkowski's brand. The only name Trump mentioned was U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, Utah Republican, who is an attorney but not a judge. Joe Manchin III (W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) met with the president at the White House on Thursday night and are under pressure from liberal activists and their colleagues.

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Republicans changed Senate rules previous year to get Trump's conservative nominee Neil Gorsuch confirmed, lowering the threshold to advance Supreme Court nominations to a simple majority vote.

"I'm very proud of Neil Gorsuch", Trump continued.

All of Trump's potential choices have been vetted by the conservative Federalist Society, he promised during the campaign, and all are relatively young. The current record for longest service on the Supreme Court is held by William O. Douglas, who served for 36 years from 1939 to 1975. "What we're seeing here is Gorsuch 2.0".

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Trump narrows Supreme Court list, to name nominee July 9