Supreme Court Abortion Rights Threat Will Be Election Boost for Democrats

Supreme Court Abortion Rights Threat Will Be Election Boost for Democrats

With Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's announcement that he will be retiring within the upcoming month it looks like President Donald Trump will very soon have the opportunity to nominate and confirm another constitutionally-minded person to the Supreme Court.

Trump said Friday that his Supreme Court selection process would begin in earnest on Monday and that he would interview "six or seven" candidates in total.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route from Washington to his private golf club in New Jersey, Trump said he may interview two contenders for the nomination this weekend. "It's a great group of intellectual talent. they are generally conservative", Trump said.

The move wouldn't be dissimilar from the Republican hijacking of a vacant Supreme Court seat that President Barack Obama attempted to fill in the past year of his administration. Having graduated first in her class at the Northwestern University School of Law, Larsen moved on to a lightning legal career: Deputy assistant attorney general under George W. Bush, justice of the Michigan Supreme Court from 2015 to 2017, and then US appellate judge for the past two years. By far the most intriguing prospect of the prospective justices, Thapar would be the first Indian-American to sit on the high court. Of the members of the current court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the only justice to join the court after celebrating a 60th birthday.

Trump was also asked about Sen.

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Some possible nominees being eyed include Thomas Hardiman, who serves alongside Trump's sister on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Raymond Kethledge, a federal appeals court judge who clerked for Kennedy. But Trump could move to appoint a much more reliable conservative. Asked if he planned to question potential court nominees their views on abortion rights and Roe v. Wade, he responded, "That's not a question I'll be asking". While such a paradigm would be sensible were we talking about policymaking channels, it has been warned for a long time - particularly by a society I have been a leader in and still am part of, the Federalist Society- that it would lead down a dark and tumultuous road for our nation's long-term health. The organization describes itself as conservatives and libertarians who believe the separation of government powers is central to the Constitution that the duty of the judiciary is to say what the law is, not what it should be. Virtually raised in the law (His father, Rex Lee, was President Ronald Reagan's solicitor general, and his brother, Tom Lee, is a justice of the Utah Supreme Court), Brigham Young graduate Lee clerked for Samuel Alito when the justice was an appellate judge.

In a tweet today, the president said he will be making his choice for supreme court justice on July 9th.

But he has promised to draw the next justice from a list of 25 prospective candidates that was first established during the 2016 presidential campaign and updated last fall, with advice from conservatives.

Trump's allies have made clear he wants another justice in the Gorsuch mold.

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