Politics Two judges seen as leading contenders for Supreme Court

17:26  02 july  2018
17:26  02 july  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

Trump says he interviewed four potential Supreme Court justices

  Trump says he interviewed four potential Supreme Court justices Trump plans to announce his replacement for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9. Trump said he will make his decision "over the next few days." He said he plans to interview two or three more candidates.Trump gets to make his second choice for the nation's top court of his presidency. His pick to fill Kennedy's seat, along with 50-year-old conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, will help to define the court's path for decades to come.Last week, the president described his possible choices as "highly talented, very brilliant, mostly conservative judges.

See also: Ideological leanings of U.S. Supreme Court justices. Opinions are also collected and published in two unofficial, parallel reporters: Supreme Court Reporter, published by West (now a part of That refusal led to the Court 's pathmarking decision in Martin v. Hunter's Lessee, 1 Wheat.

Interests See All. ABC News has learned that Judge Neil Gorsuch has emerged as the leading contender to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and his nomination is expected as early as next week, according to sources familiar with the selection process.

The U.S. Supreme Court is pictured June 27, 2018 in Washington, DC.© Zach Gibson/Getty Images The U.S. Supreme Court is pictured June 27, 2018 in Washington, DC.

President Trump says he will begin interviewing potential Supreme Court justices today and that he intends to officially nominate his candidate to the nation's highest court in just one week.

If this timeline plays out, Mr. Trump will have named his nominee ahead of Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, which goes into effect on July 31. Kennedy announced his retirement last Wednesday.

CBS News has learned that D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Chicago Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett are currently Mr. Trump's leading contenders for the appointment to the nation's highest court.

Aggressive lobbying push as Trump nears choice for Supreme Court pick

  Aggressive lobbying push as Trump nears choice for Supreme Court pick President Donald Trump is expected to finalize his choice for the Supreme Court by Thursday or Friday, two people familiar with the search say, allowing aides in a newly-minted White House war room to spend the weekend preparing for a summer confirmation fight. But in this leak-prone White House, the President's choice will be guarded as closely as a wartime command. His decision will be included on a larger list of finalists, with at least two -- possibly three -- names shared with members of the administration's Supreme Court confirmation team.

ABC News has learned that Judge Neil Gorsuch has emerged as the leading contender to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and his nomination is expected as early as next week, according to sources familiar with the selection process.

Media reports indicate Trump has narrowed his short list to two top contenders , Thomas Hardiman and Neil Gorsuch. SEE ALSO: As Trump readies to announce Supreme Court pick, one judge emerges as top candidate.

Kavanaugh and Barrett both appear on Mr. Trump's list of 25 possible nominees and he's said he plans to interview about half a dozen potential candidates before announcing his selection.

Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from Maine, said that Mr. Trump told her during a private meeting that he would not question his potential nominees about Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision establishing abortion as a right for women.

The expected addition of another conservative justice to the Supreme Court has stirred speculation that the case could be overturned.

Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, are the only GOP senators who support abortion rights and they have expressed concern about the possibility of Roe being overturned. This puts Collins and Murkowski in the spotlight: their votes to confirm Mr. Trump's nominee may be crucial in the Senate.

The Latest: Pence meets with contenders for Supreme Court

  The Latest: Pence meets with contenders for Supreme Court The Associated Press has learned that Vice President Mike Pence has met with some of the contenders for the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement. According to a person familiar with the search process, the meetings took place in recent days. The person did not specify which candidates Pence met with and spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday to describe the private search process. President Donald Trump is set to announce his decision on Monday. Trump has said he'll choose his nominee from a list of 25 candidates vetted by conservative groups.

Two judges in New Brunswick who were appointed by previous federal Liberal governments are among the leading contenders from Atlantic Canada for an opening on the Supreme Court of Canada, Liberal insiders say.

Federal appeals court Judges Diane Sykes and William Pryor are among the top two contenders to take over the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant Supreme Court seat, sources have I'm not seeing my post to MyVoice. How come? Approved posts to MyVoice will be live on the site within a few hours.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: cbsn-fusion-trump-says-he-will-name-a-supreme-court-nominee-on-july-9-thumbnail-1602149-640x360.jpg© Credit: CBSNews cbsn-fusion-trump-says-he-will-name-a-supreme-court-nominee-on-july-9-thumbnail-1602149-640x360.jpg Collins said she believes Roe v. Wade to be "established law" and "precedent," and said she looks "for judges who respect precedent."

More recently, Mr. Trump said that he "probably" will not ask his potential nominees about Roe v. Wade, although in an October 2016 debate, just ahead of his election to the presidency, Mr. Trump said that he thought Roe v. Wade would overturn "automatically" if he were able to appoint multiple justices to the high court.

Over the weekend, Mr. Trump was in Bedminster, New Jersey. Although the president hinted last week that he might meet with potential nominees there, CBS News has confirmed that no candidates were present on the weekend trip.

The White House said that Mr. Trump has been discussing the Supreme Court vacancy with White House Counsel Don McGahn.

2020 White House contenders race to oppose Trump's Supreme Court pick .
Several Democratic senators considered contenders for the party's 2020 White House nomination are racing to oppose Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court pick. Democratic Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.), Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) were among a group of senators who said on Monday night that they would oppose Kavanaugh."Judge Brett Kavanaugh represents a direct and fundamental threat to that promise of equality and so I will oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court.

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