Justice Kennedy retiring, giving Trump major high court pick

Justice Kennedy retiring, giving Trump major high court pick

Trump has already made it clear that he will pick a Kennedy replacement from a list of 25 potential nominees released by the White House a year ago.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer lay down his own marker with floor comments, saying there should be no nominee until after the election, which could change majority control of the Senate.

Nearly certainly not. They will make the argument, as many already have, that as McConnell's rationale for blocking President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016 was that the American people should get a say through an upcoming election, now the people should get a say with midterms coming up, as well.

We wonder what Merrick Garland thinks.

On June 27, conservative Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.

Kennedy informed his colleagues of his plans, then went to the White House to meet with Trump, where the president said they talked for half an hour about a potential successor and other topics.

It's also hard to overstate how important the possibility of multiple Supreme Court openings was to the grudging acceptance of Trump's candidacy by a Republican establishment that anxious, at least initially, that his nomination could destroy their party for years (and maybe even decades) to come. "I look forward to voting to confirm a faithful constitutionalist onto the court", Young said.

Kennedy is and will remain a hero to many for his authorship of all four of the Supreme Court's great decisions affirming the fundamental rights of gay people.

Leonard Leo is taking a leave from the society to advise President Donald Trump on the nomination process to replace Kennedy.

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Jerry Johnson, president of National Religious Broadcasters, joined many in noting the importance of Kennedy's replacement.

It's hard to overstate how seismic a shift Kennedy's retirement could be for the court and for American society as a whole.

Without Kennedy, she said, the court would have overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case establishing a woman's right to abortion.

Whit Ayres, a veteran GOP pollster, said quickly confirming a new justice before the November 6 midterms could prove crucial to Senate Republicans. But he was blocked by Senate Republicans, who refused to approve a Supreme Court nominee during a presidential election year.

Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durban asked McConnell to delay the confirmation vote to "give the American people their say in the upcoming election before court vacancies are filled". Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a nationwide abortion provider, said it was bracing for Trump to appoint a justice to overturn Roe v. Wade.

When Erman learned the news of Kennedy's retirement, he said it "made me very sad to hear he was retiring because he had been a great boss".

McCaskill's likely GOP opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, signaled Wednesday that he intends to make the issue his new focus in the campaign.

A Republican involved with Senate races says the Kennedy retirement is going to reshape the midterm dynamics by energizing conservatives and squeezing red-state Democrats, who will have to choose between a base that will want a big fight and more moderate voters.

Let us not dwell on the obvious truth that they could trust Trump's judgment because he promised not to exercise it: He promised that he would choose Scalia's replacement from a list provided by people who have actually thought about such matters - principally, the conservative lawyers of the Federalist Society.

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