Trump's next Supreme Court justice appointment will cement legacy: Sean Spicer

29 June, 2018, 18:32 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Visitors depart the Supreme Court early Monday

Matthews was opining about the announcement from Kennedy that he would be retiring in July from his seat at the Supreme Court, making way for President Donald Trump to nominate a replacement. They include Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), which preserved the foundation of legal abortion from Roe v. Wade; the majority decision upholding affirmative action (Fisher v. University of Texas, 2016); and a series of gay-rights rulings, most famously the freedom of same-sex marriage via Obergefell v. Hodges three years ago.

Soon after he was sworn into office in 2017, Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who had died a year earlier.

Republicans refused to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama's nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia after the conservative stalwart died suddenly in February 2016, insisting that the seat should remain vacant until voters chose a new president that November, almost nine months later - an unprecedented move.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., a conservative George W. Bush appointee, could become the center of the court, Blackman said.

Republicans now hold a bare 51-49 majority in the Senate, although that includes the ailing Senator John McCain of Arizona.

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"I expect the nominee to be like Justice Gorsuch, to demonstrate excellence in every respect, and to earn widespread support from the American people, and bipartisan support for confirmation in the Senate", Leo said.

Collins said she has the "utmost respect" for Kennedy's service and integrity during his time on the nation's highest court and labeled him "an ideal justice".

But several former law clerks said that Kennedy, a nominee of President Ronald Reagan, prefers to be replaced by a Republican. "Anthony Kennedy kept the court up to date with where society was moving".

A confirmation hearing usually happens about two months after a nomination is announced.

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