Trump narrows Supreme Court list, to name nominee July 9

Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy was appointed in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCanadian prime minister commemorates victims of Maryland newspaper shooting Trump suggested to Macron that France should leave the European Union: report Maryland newspaper writer in emotional interview: "We need more than prayers" MORE on Friday said he has narrowed his list of potential Supreme Court nominees to five, including two women, and plans to announce his pick on July 9.

"I've got it narrowed to about five", Mr. Trump said during an Air Force One flight to New Jersey where he'll spend the weekend at one of his golf clubs.

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Kennedy, 81, announced Wednesday he would retire from the bench July 31 after three decades on the Supreme Court. You nominate someone who is like-minded. "They're all saying 'don't do that, you shouldn't do that, '" Trump said.

He said he's not going to ask them whether they'd vote to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion-rights ruling, a decadeslong aspiration of the Republican Party.

Furthermore, of the court's four liberals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Justice Stephen Breyer turns 80 this summer, meaning that Trump could have the chance to fill more openings.

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House April 10, 2017 in Washington, DC. It doesn't matter if he asks them about their opinions on abortion rights because by the time a candidate interviews with him, they would have already been asked in the earlier vetting process.

In an exclusive interview with FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo, Trump commented on whether or not he will ask potential nominees where they stand on the case. But he said he does want to put conservative people on the Supreme Court and he is proud of his first nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch. "He has been outstanding".

In a tweet Saturday, Trump said that he would make his nomination to replace Kennedy "on the first Monday after the July 4th Holiday, July 9th!"

"I think it's inappropriate to discuss", he added.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, 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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