Trump considering two women for Supreme Court

Saul Bowman
June 30, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court seat left open by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy is a powerful motivator for voters, particularly Democrats, in this fall's midterm election fight for control of Congress, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCanadian prime minister commemorates victims of Maryland newspaper shooting Trump suggested to Macron that France should leave the European Union: report Maryland newspaper writer in emotional interview: "We need more than prayers" MORE said he probably won't ask a prospective Supreme Court justice's stance on overturning Roe v. Wade when he decides who to nominate to the federal bench. "I've got it down to about five", Trump said, including two women.

He plans to have at least one or two candidates visit him over the weekend at his private golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, and his search will shift into high-gear on Monday, once he returns to the White House.

Trump was asked Friday if he plans to ask potential nominees their views on abortion rights and Roe v. Wade.

"I think the list is very outstanding", Trump said. President Donald Trump is not going to waste any time in nominating a replacement, and he has just shared some updates on that front. "So we want Roe to be overturned. and we expect that".

Some possible nominees being eyed include Hardiman, who serves alongside Trump's sister on the Philadelphia-based 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals, and Kethledge, a federal appeals court judge who clerked for Kennedy.

Trump said he would make his announcement on July 9, the day before he is scheduled to leave on a presidential trip to Europe.

"It is exciting though, right?" said Trump.

But nothing's a given in Washington, especially in a Senate where Republicans have a two-vote majority.

Trump said he would raise the issue of alleged Russian meddling in US elections during his planned meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki next month. Flake told The Arizona Republic he would make a determination on voting for Trump's nominee after reviewing the pick.

While polling on abortion is hard and yields mixed results depending on how the questions are asked, multiple polls suggest a majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal in at least some cases, particularly in early pregnancy.

The law, which is being challenged in the courts, bans the procedure after a heartbeat can be detected, which is often before a woman knows she is pregnant. "I think there would be five justices to overrule Roe v. Wade".

He was among several senators who met Thursday with Trump at the White House. One of the most conservative outside groups in America spent money to thank her for a banking deregulation vote. The question "loomed large" among the other Supreme Court justices in a number of important decisions, his former law clerk Joshua Matz told ABC News' "Start Here" podcast on Thursday.

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