Trump says he'll name high court pick on July 9

Posted June 30, 2018

Trump said he not will push the candidates to say whether they would overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established a woman's right to abortion.

"From Day 1, I've heard, outside of war and peace of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge, if you get it", Trump said on Friday.

"If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that's really what's going to be, that's what will happen", Trump said of overturning Roe at the final presidential debate in October 2016.

"I think that, with respect to social issues, that means that the validity of Roe is imperiled and civil rights laws covering LGBT persons are ripe for judicial dismantling", he said in an email to Law & Crime reported. "President Trump has been making good on his threat to stack the courts with those who are opposed to safe, legal abortion, and we can only expect that he'll nominate another extreme opponent".

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Ninety percent of Democrats said the vacancy would make them more likely to vote for a Democratic Senate candidate in the November 6 election, compared with 81 percent of Republicans who said the issue would make them more likely to vote for a Senate candidate from their party. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. It has emerged that the Trump administration heavily courted Kennedy to retire before the mid-term elections, giving Trump the potential to nominate a justice with a known majority in the Senate. However, it's unclear which five of the 25 candidates he is most closely considering.

Trump met on Thursday with senators from both parties at the White House to discuss the court vacancy created by the retirement of Kennedy, which was announced on Wednesday. "He said he'd like the job", Trump said.

A Republican involved with Senate races says the Kennedy retirement is going to reshape the midterm dynamics by energizing conservatives and squeezing red-state Democrats, who will have to choose between a base that will want a big fight and more moderate voters.

"Part of me says I would like to see it after the election because I think it will just fuel the turnout and have more participation in the election", Perkins said.

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Flake could unilaterally block any judicial nominee from advancing beyond the Senate Judiciary Committee by voting with the Democrats in opposition. Wittes was referring to the travel ban, which the Supreme Court upheld this week, though it was a "watered down" version of the original order.

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"On the left, that's what they're concerned about", Perino said.

Trump said he would raise the issue of alleged Russian meddling in US elections during his planned meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki next month.

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Among possible choices for Trump are Mick Mulvaney, who is the White House budget director and a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Nick Ayers, who is Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, the source said.