Trump Predicts "Smooth" Confirmation Process For New Supreme Court Justice

Trump Plans to Make Supreme Court Nomination July 9

The White House Counsel's Office, headed by Don McGahn, will supervise the process.

Also, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah will temporarily shift his focus to overseeing communications strategy and messaging on the confirmation process.

The 81-year-old justice was appointed in 1988 by then-president Ronald Reagan.

Trump told reporters at the White House on July 2 that he interviewed four candidates. "They are outstanding people, they are really incredible people".

Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst, who has often challenged some of the president's wilder claims and those made by his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, explained that Chief Justice John Roberts and his views on what kind of role the nation's highest court should play would likely keep the landmark decision on abortion intact.

Speaking with reporters shortly before his meeting with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Trump said he "had a very, very interesting morning" talking with potential Supreme Court justices.

Kennedy is a conservative but has at times sided with the liberals on the court in key decisions, including decisions on the death penalty, abortion, and same-sex marriage.

Access to abortion and health care will be at the heart of the looming battle over the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice, with all eyes on a handful of senators with the power to endorse or block President Donald Trump's choice. Republicans ended up resorting to a rule created by the Democrats in 2013, by Democratic Sen. He was expected to name his choice in a week for a successor to the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

He has the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican.

Senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have voiced support for the legality of abortion, with Collins saying that she would find any nominee who opposes the Roe v. Wade decision to be "unacceptable".

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The media reacted appropriately to the situation and what happened and I have no anger or judgement or resentment for that", he said.

Trump said Friday that he thinks the topic of Roe v. Wade is "inappropriate to discuss".

In the case of a 50-50 vote on the nominee, Vice President Mike Pence could cast the tie-breaking vote.

Before Kennedy's retirement, the four judges who were appointed by Democratic presidents had an average age of 71.5 years, nearly five years more than the five judges appointed by Republicans.

Kennedy's replacement would be the second justice handpicked by Trump. His announced retirement has thrown that balance into question.

Three Democrats, all from states Trump won in 2016, supported Trump's prior pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

Trump has also been appointing young conservative judges to the lower courts at a rapid pace.

Such a judge, she said, "would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda".

It is possible that Trump's nominee will prove more divisive than Gorsuch.

But law "is only settled until a majority of the Supreme Court decides it is not", he noted.

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