Justice Kennedy to retire, Trump has chance to reshape Supreme Court

Justice Kennedy to retire, Trump has chance to reshape Supreme Court

Justice Kennedy to retire, Trump has chance to reshape Supreme Court

President Donald Trump said Wednesday night in North Dakota that he is "honored" that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy chose to retire during his presidency.

His retirement, which takes effect on July 31, gives Trump a second Supreme Court appointment in his 17 months in office after the Republican president past year selected Neil Gorsuch, who has already become one of the most conservative justices.

"We're going to have great judges, conservative, all picked by the Federalist Society", Trump said during an interview on Breitbart News radio.

The nine-point difference could suggest an enthusiasm gap between the parties, as liberal groups sound the alarm that a newly configured court could outlaw abortion rights if a conservative nominee replaces Kennedy's swing vote. "I'm convinced the people on this list are Gorsuch-like", said Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life. The pick could further shift the court to the right and solidify its conservative bent for years or even decades. Trump has narrowed his list of Supreme Court finalists to five candidates, including two women.

"The Senate stands ready to fulfill its constitutional role by providing advice and consent on President Trump's nominee to fill this vacancy", he said. "We have to pick one that's going to be there for 40 years, 45 years".

"The Supreme Court could do quite a lot of damage to the right recognized in Roe without ever formally overruling it, simply by upholding state laws that make it harder and harder for women to obtain abortions without banning them", Vladeck said. Senate Republicans changed the chamber's rules during the Gorsuch nomination battle to prevent Democrats from insisting on a 60-vote super-majority, allowing court nominees to win confirmation by a simple majority vote.

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen as the court nears the end of its term in Washington, U.S., June 11, 2018. Trump asked Manchin. "I said Mr. President, that's your choice".

Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said people should assume everyone on Trump's list oppose Roe v. Wade and thus should be a "nonstarter" with senators who support reproductive rights.

It's not certain who has made the president's shortlist, but many outlets have reported that Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a former Kennedy clerk, is the frontrunner.

The person Trump picks for the seat is nearly certainly going to be more conservative than Kennedy. In the court's most recent major abortion ruling, Kennedy was in the majority to strike down regulations on Texas abortion clinics.

The high court would take an even more dramatic ideological turn if one of the two liberal justices who have served on the court since the 1990s leaves the court, 85-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg or 79-year-old Stephen Breyer, and Trump was able to name a conservative replacement. A final decision, he said, will be announced July 9. And the president, in the moments after Kennedy's retirement was announced, made clear that he understood the opportunity to shape the court for generations.

Those victories, coupled with Kennedy's retirement, could embolden the administration's lawyers, who are facing legal challenges on multiple fronts, including over Trump's move to separate families who enter the United States illegally and his plan to rescind protections for "Dreamers", young adults brought to he country illegally as children. Matz told "Start Here" he thought Kennedy would want a successor who was similar to him.

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