Focus on coming Supreme Court nomination turns to Murkowski, Collins

Ismael LynchJun 30, 2018

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump, board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, June 29, 2018, for a trip to Bedminster, N.J.

Just hours after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement on Wednesday, Republican Sen.

He claims he has narrowed down his list to roughly five people, including two women and will interview one or two candidates this weekend in New Jersey.

Trump was asked Friday if he plans to ask potential nominees their views on abortion rights and Roe v. Wade. "He said he'd like the job", Trump noted.

Trump responded to questions about potentional nominees, including federal judges Brett M Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, as well as US Senator Mike Lee from Utah.

A White House spokeswoman said Thursday that Trump wants to measure whether Putin is even interested in improving frosty relations between the two Cold War rivals. "It is gone because Donald Trump won the election and because he's going to have the chance to appoint two Supreme Court justices".

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. Leo said he expected that work to start before Trump leaves on July 10 for a trip to Europe, adding that it was "not outside the realm of possibility" that the search process could conclude by then. "I like them all", he said. "Usually they don't say that". Trump welcomed Republicans Chuck Grassley, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp as part of the effort. Even though Republican leader McConnell changed Senate rules previous year to allow confirmation by simple majority, if Democrats hold together he can not afford defections.

"We'd be very happy if he'd pick any name on that list", said Severino.

The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative political campaign organization, has launched a seven-figure ad buy aimed at vulnerable Democrats, said chief counsel and policy director Carrie Severino.

Lee is on Trump's initial list of possible Supreme Court picks.

In the run-up to selecting Gorsuch, Trump met with three contenders and White House officials vetted several more.

Experts who study the power dynamics of Washington have a message for Democrats looking to stop the Trump administration from abusing its power: When they go low, you go lower.

With a little over a week before his big announcement, Trump is relishing the moment.

Instead he thinks its more likely that court packing could be used as an opening bid for Democrats in order to pursue more moderate institutional reforms to the Supreme Court.

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