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Kennedy retirement kicks speculation over Supreme Court replacement into high gear

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy prepares to testify before the House Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on Capitol Hill Donald Trump to get second Supreme Court pick as Justice Anthony Kennedy retires
Sandra Phillips | 01 July, 2018, 01:07

He responded, "That's not a question I'll be asking".

He is set to meet with candidates over the weekend in New Jersey. That will give President Donald Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court. I think they may feel emboldened by today's decision.

"Referring to his statement of calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States, she said that "...this new window dressing can not hide an unassailable fact: "the words of the President and his advisers create the strong perception that the Proclamation is contaminated by impermissible discriminatory animus against Islam and its followers".

Democrat Bill Nelson, asked by reporters if a nominee's views on Roe v. Wade will be important to him, said, "very". Trump invited all five to the White House for a private meeting the day after Kennedy announced his retirement.

"Justice Kennedy's retirement from the Supreme Court marks a pivotal moment for the fight to ensure every unborn child is welcomed and protected", said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List.

The 81-year-old Kennedy was was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1988 by Ronald Reagan.

Trump met senators from both parties at the White House on Thursday to discuss the court vacancy. Also attending were Republican Charles Grassley and Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp.

RAYMOND KETHLEDGE of Michigan, US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit: Kethledge is also a former Kennedy clerk and was among those under consideration by Trump previous year.

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The president said the process for selecting the next nominee will begin immediately, and he said he hopes the next justice will be "just as outstanding" as Kennedy. All six of these judges are on Trump's list.

"Millions of people are just months away from determining the senators who should vote to confirm or reject the president's nominee, and their voices deserve to be heard now as Leader McConnell thought they deserved to be heard then", he added.

The president says in the Oval Office that he will choose Kennedy's successor from a list of 25 names that have been under consideration.

Also of interest are Amul Thapar, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati, lives in Kentucky and is close to McConnell; Brett Kavanaugh, a former clerk for Kennedy who serves on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.; and Amy Coney Barrett, who serves on the federal appeals court in Chicago.

McConnell ended up holding the seat open for more than a year, until after Trump won the election and Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to take Scalia's place.

Facing intense criticism, Trump retreated last week on his administration's practice of separating the children of immigrants from their parents when families were detained illegally entering the United States.

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.

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