SCOTUS: Trump interviews senator as possible replacement for Kennedy

Judges Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett are leading candidates for Supreme Court seat

Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington

Severino said her group would at least match the $10 million spent supporting the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017.

"Teams of attorneys from the White House Counsel's Office and Department of Justice are working to ensure the president has all the information he needs to choose his nominee", said Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday.

"They are outstanding people, they are really incredible people in so many different ways, academically and every other way and I had a very, very interesting morning", he said, according to White House pool reports. "If the present Senate is unwilling to confirm the best nominee, then the seat can remain vacant during the election, and the people will elect a Senate who will confirm the best nominee".

The future orientation of the Supreme Court depends on who will succeed Kennedy, a conservative.

Mr. Trump is also considering two women for the nomination.

"Trump's list is full of great nominees, but Kavanaugh raises several concerns among libertarian and pro-life activists at a time when we need to be united", said Wesley Denton, communications director for the Conservative Partnership Institute, an organization that works closely with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. To be sure, nothing helpful for the rights of women, gays, lesbians or transgendered people will come out of any Trump-suffused court, but neither will the court outlaw abortion or rescind the protection of homosexuals, including same-sex marriage. His departure likely gives the court a conservative majority.

Trump said Friday he had narrowed his search to about five finalists, including two women, and will announce his pick on July 9.

That follows four Trump interviews with judicial candidates a day earlier, as well as a conversation with Republican Sen. His nominee must win Senate confirmation.

This was made known by the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu on the Floor of the House today, Tuesday [July 3, 2018], following a statement the Presidency sent to Parliament.

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McGahn will lead the overall selection and confirmation process, the White House said Monday, repeating the role he played in the successful confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch past year.

Chieffo took her a year ago to oppose President Trump's first Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, but Gorsuch was confirmed without much trouble in 2017 after the Senate voted to change its rules and clear the way for Supreme Court justices to win approval based on a simple 51-vote majority. In the landmark case Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), he joined the plurality opinion upholding Roe v. Wade (1973), the case that legalized abortion at the federal level.

One Twitter user posted a picture of her Amazon receipt for 100 coat hangers with the caption: "Sending these to Senator Collins as a reminder of what her legacy could be". That, of course, would require the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

In the case of a 50-50 vote on the nominee, Vice President Mike Pence could cast the tie-breaking vote.

Appointed by President Ronald Reagan after two nominees failed to be confirmed, Kennedy has always been feted by many liberals for these stands.

Few governmental parlor games obsess official Washington more than trying to determine the identity of an upcoming Supreme Court nominee, and the frenzy of speculation in the corridors of power over the past week has proven that this go-round will be no exception.

For now, the liberal groups have launched a campaign against all candidates on Mr.Trump's list.

Former US Senator Jim DeMint (R) of SC said of Lee, "He has exactly the brilliance, the background and temperament that President Trump should be looking for".

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