Conservative lawyers steer Trump on Supreme Court pick

Conservative lawyers steer Trump on Supreme Court pick

The president has said he will choose from a list of 25 names made public by the White House in November.

But instead of celebrating publicly, some evangelical leaders are downplaying their fortune on an issue that has defined their movement for decades.

Two of the Republicans - Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins - are abortion-rights supporters and could balk at voting for a Trump nominee who would overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade landmark abortion decision.

Then he said this: "And abortion will be illegal in a significant part of the United States in 18 months".

The sentiment, echoed by evangelical leaders across the country this past week, underscores the delicate politics that surround a moment many religious conservatives have longed for. Trump is also considering Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amul Thapar, who could become the first Indian American to serve on the Supreme Court. The organization describes itself as conservatives and libertarians who believe the separation of government powers is central to the Constitution that the duty of the judiciary is to say what the law is, not what it should be. For millions of voters, Trump's pledge to nominate only anti-abortion jurists to the high court was all the reason they needed, and 81 percent of white evangelicals gave him their vote.

Some progressives are so articulate in their expressions of hate, loss, and exasperation over Kennedy's retirement that they just couldn't help but blurt out their feelings.

CBS News has learned that the two leading contenders are D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett, both women.

President Trump and Sen. Heitkamp meet at White House
Trump went farther than that in attacking Heitkamp, calling her a "liberal Democrat " who blindly follows "Chuck and Nancy". Kevin Cramer in a Fargo, North Dakota, rally Wednesday night, as he made the case for electing more Republicans to the U.S.

"That's not a question I'll be asking them", he said. The next appointee could shift the balance to a more conservative-learning bench.

Heitkamp broadly supports abortion rights, but North Dakota is one of the most restrictive states in the nation when it comes to abortion access. "We're hoping there will be some Democratic support", he said, "We're not assuming this is just going to be a straight party-line vote". He added: "Evangelicals have never been more confident in the future of America than they are now".

"I've got it down to about five", Trump said, including two women. "And they are going to need cases that they can use to reverse those frightful decisions of the liberal majority in the past that have undermined the Constitution and really just abused our own personal rights".

As a candidate, Trump sought to win over social conservatives by emphasizing the role of the Federalist Society in judicial nominations.

FILE PHOTO: White House Counsel Don McGahn sits behind U.S. President Donald Trump as the president holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 21, 2018.

Trump "likes Mike, and Mike would do it".

In his Air Force One conversation with reporters, during the quick afternoon flight to New Jersey from Washington, Trump singled out one potential candidate for the court, Sen.

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