Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump conducts more Supreme Court interviews, hears concerns

Trump conducts more Supreme Court interviews, hears concerns

Trump's choice to replace Kennedy - a swing vote on the nine-member court - has the potential to remake the court for a generation as part of precedent-shattering decisions on abortion, health care, gay marriage and other issues.

Trump kicked off the interview process on Monday with four candidates.

"I had a very, very interesting morning", Trump said as he greeted visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the Oval Office.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has reportedly been interviewed by President Trump as a prospective replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Over the weekend, President Trump told Fox News he would "probably not" ask his nominee about how they would vote on the abortion law.

He spoke by phone with Lee on Monday, a spokesman for the senator said on Tuesday. Using that number for Trump's appointment, the average age of Republicans could drop to 60.6 years, making the conservative side of the bench more than 10 years younger, on average, than the liberal side.

"Trump has been loud and clear in saying he'd pick Supreme Court Justices to end Roe v. Wade", reads the ad. Raj Shah, the principal deputy press secretary, will take leave from his post to handle "communications, strategy and messaging coordination with Capitol Hill allies" full time, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

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It came ahead of a hard Bavarian state election set for October that has the CSU determined to show that it is tough on migration. Meanwhile, the conflict nearly toppled Germany's ruling coalition which comprise CDU, CSU and the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

President Donald Trump has said he will announce his nominee to the court on July 9. Also on that list was Bob Young, a retired Michigan Supreme Court justice who briefly ran for U.S. Senate before taking on a role as Michigan State University's general counsel.

The fact that Lee is a Senator means that he could, possibly, be voting on his own confirmation as a Justice, if he were to become the nominee. Conservative groups rallied around Barrett after her confirmation hearing a year ago featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions.

Trump nominated her for her current post, on the USA court of appeals for the seventh circuit, in 2017.

In 2017, Trump nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump shouldn't pick someone for the Supreme Court who doesn't respect legal precedent, including the "settled" law legalizing abortion, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said.

"A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don't want to see a judge have", she said. Overturning that 1973 ruling would not make abortion illegal, but it would allow individual states to ban the procedure.

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