Trump says he is considering two women for Supreme Court

President-elect Trump's acceptance speech was broadcast in Times Square in New York City after his 2016 election. Nearly two years later the partisan divide grows even wider

President-elect Trump's acceptance speech was broadcast in Times Square in New York City after his 2016 election. Nearly two years later the partisan divide grows even wider

In his Air Force One conversation with reporters, during the quick afternoon flight to New Jersey from Washington, Trump singled out one potential candidate for the court, Sen.

"It's a great group of intellectual talent", Trump said.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said Kennedy's retirement should "remove all doubt" about the importance of November's midterms, while outsiders began to debate how Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a NY Democrat who urged Republicans on Wednesday "to follow the rule they set in 2016" and "not to consider a Supreme Court justice in an election year", should direct his caucus.

White House officials said Trump was likely to quickly begin interviewing candidates from a list of 25 people that the conservative Federalist Society helped draw up, with an eye to getting the new justice confirmed by the Senate in the autumn.

Neera Tanden, who served as an adviser to President Bill Clinton before working on the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and later in the Obama administration, vaguely connected the dots in a series of tweets on Friday that implied that the relationship may have compromised Kennedy's decision-making. That list includes six women.

"Think of it this way - if there is another vacancy, who do you want picking the next Supreme Court Justice?" And Democrats have a point in noting now that the crux of McConnell's argument - to give voters a say in the process - could also apply to the midterm elections since senators must confirm Supreme Court nominations. "I said, 'Mr. President, that's your choice'".

Heitkamp said she stressed the importance of a nominee "who is pragmatic, fair, compassionate, committed to justice, and above politics".

The Supreme Court opening poses a tough test for Democratic senators up for re-election this year in the states that Trump won in 2016, particularly Manchin, Sen.

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"He's an outstanding talent", he said. "I actually saw him on television last night where he said he'd love the job". "You know it wouldn't surprise me if the justice. were concerned that there be a replacement that shared his understanding that the Constitution is not just a Constitution for half the country, but is meant to govern the American people as a whole, and that it contains profoundly important values that the court plays a key role in implementing and safeguarding".

Both sides are gearing up for a confirmation battle in the Senate after Trump names his nominee.

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.

Trump swiftly invited all five to the White House to meet Thursday evening, the day after Kennedy's stunning announcement.

"On a lot of major decisions, he already has been the swing vote, so it's not an entirely new scenario", said Carrie Severino, the chief counsel and policy director at the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative legal group.

Several Democratic senators considering 2020 presidential runs jumped into the debate Thursday morning rallying from the steps of the Supreme Court. "What we're seeing here is Gorsuch 2.0".

Nearly as soon as Kennedy's retirement was announced, several anti-abortion rights groups seized on the moment.

Trump's first pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, is the youngest of the justices at age 50.

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