Trump narrows down Supreme Court Justice replacements

Trump narrows down Supreme Court Justice replacements

Trump narrows down Supreme Court Justice replacements

President Donald Trump will be advised by a small group of deeply conservative lawyers, some inside the White House and at least one from outside, on choosing a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, said several sources familiar with the process.

It will be his second Supreme Court pick, one that will give him an opportunity to cement the conservative majority on the nation's high court for years to come.

President Trump and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2017.

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

"Kennedy is at or near the top on nearly all measures of power or influence", said Lee Epstein, a political scientist at Washington University in St. Louis.

Leonard Leo, an outside legal activist, will be another key member of the president's advisory team, sources said. "And that will happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court".

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From 1993 to 2005, Kennedy shared the center of the court with O'Connor.

In recent years, the average retirement age for a Supreme Court justice has been 83. When a liberal and conservative camp formed during this time, neither side was restricted to Kennedy as the swing vote, because O'Connor could also be called upon to form a majority - a dynamic that diluted the power of both.

During the candidate vetting the last time, the White House asked all the contenders whom they would pick instead of themselves - and they all said Gorsuch, said the person, who was not authorized to disclose private conversations.

Mr. Trump is selecting from his list of 25 conservative judges, although the list includes Sen. "And because he's going to have the chance to appoint two Supreme Court justices". Since 1937, no chief justice has also been the median justice.

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. In arguing their case, Democrats have emphasized that Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States, could be in jeopardy.

"The fact that there's a modest enthusiasm disadvantage isn't all that meaningful because there's already an enthusiasm gap for Republicans", he said, noting Democratic anger towards Trump.

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