Trump plans to announce Supreme Court pick July 9

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Trump says he'll announce his choice to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9. But other factors will also be in play as the candidates are vetted: their ideological bent, their ability to win confirmation and even whether, according to a key adviser, they are "not weak".

Aboard Air Force One on the way to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, the president also said it was inappropriate to discuss whether he was looking for a justice who would be willing to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court 1973 case legalizing abortion.

While we still have a few days until President Trump announces his pick, now scheduled for July 9, speculation is ranging widely.

Supreme Court vacancies have become a key voting issue in the US presidential election. The president wants conservatives on the federal judiciary not just in the coming years, but in the coming decades.

Before saying I am too idealistic, remember there was a time not too long ago when Supreme Court nomineeswere largely confirmed eitherin an nearly unanimous roll call or even by voice vote.

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Under our Constitutional framework, the Supreme Court is one of our three co-equal branches of government.

Trump was also asked about Sen. The average age of the circuit court nominations he made in his first year was 49, and for district judges, the average age was 51.

All are under 55, with Barrett the youngest at 46 and Kavanaugh the oldest at 53.

"I'm not going to ask them that question", Trump said.

So, what is the Federalist Society?

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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. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. It was conceived as a way to counter what its members saw as liberal domination of the nation's law-school faculties. The swing-vote senators, along with McCain, were the trio who derailed the GOP's 2017 effort to repeal most of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Despite campaign promises to the contrary, Trump told Fox News that the candidates' position on abortion is not critical. Red-state Democrats are generally loathe to make their campaigns about social issues, and Heitkamp has preferred to work with the Trump administration on economic and energy grounds. "The way he puts it, is someone who is quote, 'not weak, '" Leo said.

"He's an outstanding talent", he said. McConnell and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley have reportedly weighed in with the White House on his behalf.

Senators, particularly Democratic ones, are warning the president that he should consult with lawmakers before making a choice. The nomination of another constitutionally minded Justice will do a long way in restoring the Court's proper role and nature, but the broader and longer-term view is important as well and we, the American people, have a key role and duty in determining it. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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