Battle lines already being drawn on Justice Kennedy's successor

Battle lines already being drawn on Justice Kennedy's successor

"This is a great victory for our Constitution", Trump said of the decision upholding his presidential authority.

Donald Trump already has one Supreme Court nomination under his belt, and now he's looking at another as Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his July 31 retirement and a wave of trepidation swept across late-night on Wednesday.

The Supreme Court judge was joined by his four conservative colleagues in voting along ideological grounds to uphold the order.

Reuters Graphics looked at how Kennedy and other judges ruled on major cases in the 2017-2018 term. "Today's Supreme Court ruling on his travel ban is a vindication of the president, his Administration and the will of the American people".

Kennedy has been the only conservative justice willing to endorse any limits on severe punishments under the Eighth Amendment.




Before previous year, Supreme Court picks were vetted by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would report a favorable, unfavorable or no recommendation at all to their colleagues.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, who was among those who challenged the ban, said, "we may not always win, but we'll always stand up for what's right". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared that the Senate "will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy's successor this fall". But there's no actual evidence that Collins or Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.) would buck their party on such a consequential vote. and a smart nominee will avoid commenting on how they'd rule on hypothetical cases, as Justice Neil M. Gorsuch did in his confirmation hearings a year ago. Trump's nominee is likely to give the conservatives a solid majority and will face a Senate process in which Republicans hold the slimmest majority, but Democrats can't delay confirmation. Trump has said he will pick his nominee from a list of 25 candidates, and Braden thinks many of those candidates haven't really dealt with gerrymandering before.

Sen. John Cornyn, Texas' senior senator and the No. 2 Senate Republican, argued Thursday that Democrats themselves had set the precedent for avoiding a confirmation during a presidential election year.

Leonard Leo, an outside advisor to Trump on judicial nominations who is on leave from his post at the Federalist Society, said Trump's list of potential nominees for this vacancy includes numerous very best judges in America. "If we get a justice even more reliably conservative than Justice Kennedy, I'd expect that to be an even more extreme trend". He said the seat should be left open for the next president to fill. A Tuesday Supreme Court ruling on the president's controversial travel ban made clear how this habit can be used against him. "Just won big Supreme Court decision on Voting!"

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who served as the vice chairman of Trump's transition team, told Fox: "When he first announced it, he said "Muslim ban". It should make legislative and regulatory corrections, as necessary, to ensure that the vast majority of people from these countries with legitimate, benign reasons for visiting, should be allowed, dare I say welcomed, to come here.

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