Trump Says He Will Pick Supreme Court Justice Next Week


Ahead of an afternoon meeting with Senate leaders, President Trump told reporters Tuesday he likely will nominate a new Supreme Court justice next week.

Trump’s upcoming nomination to replace Justice Antonin Scalia will be the topic of his session with Senate leaders from both parties. Scalia’s death in February made the Supreme Court a major issue in the presidential election and led to a Senate deadlock over President Obama’s nomination of federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to fill the post.

“We have a number of outstanding candidates,” Trump said. “We’ll announce it sometime next week.”

Trump invited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein to the White House to discuss the vacancy. “I appreciate the president soliciting our advice on this important matter,” McConnell said.

The Judiciary Committee eventually will conduct hearings on Trump’s nominee, most likely in March.

From an initial list of 21 potential nominees, Trump appears to be looking seriously at these three federal appeals court judges:

— Neil Gorsuch, Colorado, 10th Circuit: At 49 the youngest of the group, Gorsuch is the most natural replacement among them for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. He is a strict adherent of “originalism,” Scalia’s belief that the Constitution should be interpreted based on the intent of the Founders. He also is a distinctive writer, as Scalia was.

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SOURCE: USA Today, David M Jackson and Richard Wolf

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