Trump narrows down Supreme Court Justice replacements

Anti-abortion advocates rally outside of the Supreme Court during the March for Life

There is no nominee yet, but Trump indicated on Friday he will likely pick from a short list of roughly five candidates, all of which have bona fides among conservatives and align ideologically with Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Asked about Mr. Lee, the president said, "He said he'd like the job".

Having graduated first in her class at the Northwestern University School of Law, Larsen moved on to a lightning legal career: Deputy assistant attorney general under George W. Bush, justice of the Michigan Supreme Court from 2015 to 2017, and then US appellate judge for the past two years.

"That's not a question I'll be asking", he said.

The news sent shockwaves through Washington and the nation, especially among legal pundits and members of Congress who expressed their concerns about just how much of an impact Kennedy's departure may have on the Supreme Court and the rulings made for decades to come.

This is a developing story and will be updated. In the Trump administration, Kavanaugh's biggest booster is White House counsel Don McGahn.

It's widely expected the next appointee could shift the current balance of Supreme Court to a more conservative-learning bench.

There are already two cases before appellate courts, one level down from the supreme court, that could give the country's highest court an opportunity to limit abortion access as soon as June 2019.

"I've got it narrowed to about five", he said, including two women. Donnelly has traveled with Trump on Air Force One, and appeared alongside the president at a recent bill signing ceremony at the White House.

Trump met on Thursday with a group of six senators - three Republicans and three Democrats - to discuss the court vacancy, the White House said in a statement. It guarantees an even stronger and more enthusiastic link between white evangelicals and Trump, shoring up a formidable partnership for the 2018 midterms and the 2020 presidential race. Other evangelical supporters, including Jerry Falwell Jr., James Dobson and Tony Perkins, stressed that Trump would appoint judges sympathetic to conservative Christians' views on abortion, gay marriage and religious liberty. "We're hoping there will be some Democratic support", he said, "We're not assuming this is just going to be a straight party-line vote".

"The courts have been at the very center of the relationship", Moore said. "Heidi will vote "no" for any pick we make for the Supreme Court", Trump said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has committed to confirming a nominee in the fall, which the Republican-controlled Senate should be able to do if McConnell can hold his razor-thin majority together.

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