Trump pledges July 9 announcement on Supreme Court nominee

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The president also said it was inappropriate to discuss whether he was looking for a justice who would be willing to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court 1973 case legalizing abortion. The man they will be replacing, Anthony Kennedy, is stepping down at the age of 81.

The president, who spoke aboard Air Force One on the way to his golf club in New Jersey, said he had identified a group of at least five potential candidates for the nation's high court and he may interview as many as seven.

"I'll be announcing it the Monday after the Fourth of July", Trump said.

The poll was conducted before Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, the Kaiser Foundation said.

White House Counsel Don McGahn will be Trump's lead adviser on the pick, having successfully guided the nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch through the selection and confirmation process past year, White House sources said. The Senate votes to confirm or deny judicial candidates for federal courts, including Supreme Court nominees. "And because he's going to have the chance to appoint two Supreme Court justices". Of the members of the current court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the only justice to join the court after celebrating a 60th birthday.

All are under 55, with Barrett the youngest at 46 and Kavanaugh the oldest at 53. Meanwhile, Mr. Trump received a prank call Friday from comedian John Melendez, who posed as a New Jersey Sen.

Among Trump's counselors is Leonard Leo, who is taking a leave of absence as executive vice president of the Federalist Society to serve as an outside adviser in the selection process.

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"There are 400,000 people who have signed up, people who are going to be wearing white at rallies across the country". She is calling for more people to join on June 30 when a nationwide event is planned.

FILE PHOTO: White House Counsel Don McGahn sits behind U.S. President Donald Trump as the president holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 21, 2018.

Trump has made his intentions and vision for the United States very clear from the beginning. "The way he puts it, is someone who is quote, 'not weak, '" Leo said. Mike Lee of Utah.

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

In the run-up to selecting Gorsuch, Trump met with three contenders and White House officials vetted several more.

Ultimately, the most important consideration for the White House is that the nominee gets confirmed.

Henne, however, said Democratic anger would only intensify during and after the nomination battle, which is likely to consume Washington for months and thrust the court's ideological makeup into the forefront of voters' minds.