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"I'll probably interview six or seven" candidates altogether, Trump said.

He is set to meet with candidates over the weekend in New Jersey. "Leader McConnell set that standard in 2016 when he denied Judge Garland a hearing for almost a year, and the Senate should follow the McConnell Standard", Sen Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said in a statement. His retirement will allow President Donald Trump to make a second nomination to the bench, likely giving the court a conservative bent for years to come.

Instead we'll think back fondly to the days - not that long ago - when filling these vacancies didn't routinely devolve into all-out tribal warfare.

Washington D.C., Jun 28: The United States' Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday announced his retirement, saying he will officially step down from the post by July 31. Trump welcomed Republicans Chuck Grassley, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Democrats Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Heidi Heitkamp as part of the effort.

His executive orders on the subject were challenged by the state of Hawaii and other states which said that the Trump's anti-Muslim comments showed that his policy was rooted in an animus toward Muslim people.

"The Supreme Court has done a lot to change the position of LGBT people in America, but there are big open questions the court may well weigh in on in the future, so there's a lot at stake", said James Esseks, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union who works on gay rights cases. Trump's wish list, she said, includes "tremendous intellect, judicial temperament and impeccable qualifications".

Schumer called on Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to follow the same path this year, since elections in November this year will determine who holds one-third of the chamber's 100 seats.

Trump told reporters the process would "begin immediately". Also potential replacements: Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, and Raymond Kethledge of MI, who serves on the 6th Circuit.

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Julia Gibb and her husband, artist Jeff Huntington, sat next to each other inside the 49 West Coffeehouse, both reading the paper. Downtown, near the statehouse and the picturesque waterfront, customers in usually bustling breakfast restaurants were subdued.


THOMAS HARDIMAN of Pennsylvania, US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit: Hardiman was among those interviewed by Trump past year to fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia's death.

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

Despite the Republican majority, Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says she's confident senators can be persuaded to hold off.

"We'd be very happy if he'd pick any name on that list", said Severino. "And that'll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court". "What we're seeing here is Gorsuch 2.0".

Trump also linked the travel ban with his hard-line stance on southern border crossings, making clear that immigration would be a central campaign issue as he stumps for Republicans in the midterms.

A sign that the White House is also focusing on these Democrats: Sen.

We won't speculate on how conservative a conservative Trump will nominate. "Was it?" as he announced his pick on prime-time television.


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