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Trump narrows Supreme Court list, to name nominee July 9

01 July 2018

The Senate's top Republican leader says he's confident President Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court will be confirmed in the narrowly divided chamber.

"Outside of war and peace, of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge, if you get it".

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.

The move wouldn't be dissimilar from the Republican hijacking of a vacant Supreme Court seat that President Barack Obama attempted to fill in the a year ago of his administration.

With the retirement of swing vote Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Trump and his Republican allies in the Senate plan to install a conservative justice who could re-define the law of the land on some of the nation's most explosive policy debates - none bigger than abortion.

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Trump's interviews may begin as early as this weekend in New Jersey.

In answer to reporters' questions, Trump denied a candidate's stance on abortion rights and the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion case would be a litmus test.

Trump is moving quickly to fill the vacancy that will be created when Justice Anthony M. Kennedy retires from the court July 31.

Trump has made his intentions and vision for the United States very clear from the beginning.

"The fact that there's a modest enthusiasm disadvantage isn't all that meaningful because there's already an enthusiasm gap for Republicans", he said, noting Democratic anger towards Trump. You nominate someone who is like-minded. The White House said Trump's team also spoke with more than a dozen additional senators.

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I don't know who this gentlemen is-he doesn't appear to be a member of the media-but his tweet was so downtrodden and hopeless, it earned a spot.

"We have to pick one that's going to be there 40 years, 45 years", Trump said at a rally on Thursday.

On the day she endorsed candidate Trump in March 2016, the late iconic anti-abortion activist Phyllis Schlafly first asked him privately whether he would appoint more judges like the conservative Antonin Scalia, recalled Schlafly's successor Ed Martin, who was in the room at the time.

The president's standing with white evangelical Christians hit an all-time high in April when 75 percent of evangelicals held a favorable view of Trump, according to a poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute. Of the five candidates believed to be frontrunners, all five have spoken at Federalist Society events, reports Business Insider. Mike Lee, who is the one non-judge on the list. "As you know, there are many presidents who never get a choice", Trump said.

Trump says of the candidates under consideration, "It's a great group of intellectual talent".

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a GOP gathering in Kentucky that the goal is to wrap up the confirmation in time for the nominee to join the court at the start of its next term in October.

Trump narrows Supreme Court list, to name nominee July 9