Will choose justice July 9, Trump says

Schumer Roberts is 'demeaning' the Supreme Court

Schumer Roberts is 'demeaning' the Supreme Court

Various civil rights groups are backing calls from Democratic lawmakers to hold off on a vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement until after the November elections.

"The Senate stands ready to fulfill its constitutional role by offering advice and consent on President Trump's nominee to fill this vacancy", the statement continues.

The "Biden rule" was the Senate equivalent of Supreme Court "dicta", but McConnell's "no hearings, no votes" stance in 2016 is an actual precedent.

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. Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate.

Supreme Court vacancies have become a key voting issue in the US presidential elections.

Trump began a meeting with de Sousa in the Oval Office reacting to the breaking news that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was retiring, giving Trump a golden chance to cement conservative control of the high court. The FBI is still conducting background checks, the person said. She said the group spent US$10 million supporting the Gorsuch confirmation.

McConnell added that he looks forward to another "outstanding selection" from Trump.

Kennedy has always been considered the swing vote on the court between the liberal and conservative justices.

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Nominated by Republican President Ronald Reagan and confirmed in 1988, Kennedy is widely thought to be a moderate and pivotal swing vote on the court.

President Donald Trump said Friday that he has narrowed down his search for a seat on the Supreme Court to about five finalists, including two women, and will announce his pick July 9. "Usually they don't say that".

Kennedy informed his colleagues of his plans, then went to the White House to meet with Trump, where the president said they talked for half an hour about a potential successor and other topics.

Kennedy's departure at the end of July will give Trump the opportunity to appoint his second justice to the nine-seat bench, which exerts a deep and far-reaching influence on American life.

The road to confirmation for Trump's pick is likely to be a contentious one, as Democrats are expected to push back. Judges Amy Coney Barrett, whom Trump named to the federal appeals court in Chicago, and Raymond Kethledge, a former Kennedy law clerk who serves on the appeals court based in Cincinnati, also may be considered. For example, he sided with the court's liberals by voting in favor of abortion rights and gay rights in key cases. For further illustration of the verb, stay tuned to what is sure to greet whomever is nominated to replace Kennedy.

Now, Democrats argue that Trump's pick should not be put to a vote until after new legislators are elected in midterm polls this fall.

Heitkamp broadly supports abortion rights, but North Dakota is one of the most restrictive states in the nation when it comes to abortion access.

While their attempt this term fell short, when the case was punted on a technicality, a concurrence from Justice Elena Kagan may have provided a path to attracting Kennedy's vote.

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