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President Trump: Next Supreme Court Nominee Is On List Of 25 Possible Candidates


FILE – In this March 23, 2015, file photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy testifies before a House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The 81-year-old Kennedy said Tuesday, June 27, 2018, that he is retiring after more than 30 years on the court. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
President Trump will make history once again, with another Supreme Court pick.
Justice Anthony Kennedy stopped by the White House before announcing his retirement to chat about a list of possible candidates.
President Trump gave a slight hint about who Kennedy may have talked about on Wednesday.
“He has, you know, there are certain names that are just outstanding, names that you already know, to be honest with you,” said President Trump. “I mean there are names that you know that are outstanding, highly respected.”
The list published by the White House back in November includes eight state Supreme Court justices, 15 court of appeals judges, and one district court judge.
Six of them are women. First, there is Britt Grant, who is a justice on Georgia’s Supreme Court. The other five are judges on Court of Appeals, including Margaret Ryan for the armed forces in Virginia, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin, Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, Allison Eid of Colorado and Joan Larsen of Michigan. If confirmed, one of these women could make history by becoming a fourth woman on the high court.
Judge Thomas Hardiman from Pennsylvania is one front-runner, along with Alabama’s Judge William Pryor.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland was a law clerk for Justice Kennedy, and then there is Utah’s Senator Mike Lee.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. (Evan Vucci/AP/photo)
Lee, who is not up for re-election until 2022, used to work as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. Lee sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and could help move one of the other candidates forward if he is not the president’s chosen nominee.
While the world waits for an updated list, some Democrat lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, are worried about the fate of Roe v. Wade. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reminded his colleagues there is more to it than one issue.
“President Trumps judicial nominations have reflected a keen understanding of the vital role that judges play in our constitutional order,” McConnell stated. “Judges must interpret the law fairly and apply it even-handedly.”
Justice Kennedy’s last day is set for the end of July.

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