WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Monday announced that he had interviewed four potential Supreme Court nominees as he inches closer toward selecting a replacement for soon retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Speaking during a White House press event with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Trump said he intends to meet with two or three more candidates but should announce his final decision “over the next few days.”
“They are outstanding people. They are really incredible people in so many different ways,” the president said of those currently under consideration. “I had a very, very interesting morning.”
Trump’s chance to replace Kennedy with another conservative, say many legal analysts, will allow him to turn control of nation’s highest court firmly to the right.
The White House confirmed Monday that Trump’s in-house lawyer, Don McGahn, has been charged with overseeing the nomination process, which includes vetting the current nominees and briefing the president on his findings.
Whoever the president’s pick is to replace Kennedy, he or she will likely face a brutal confirmation process, particularly in the Senate, although Republicans currently hold the majority.
A hot topic issue since Kennedy’s retirement announcement has been whether or not the president will appoint a justice who is likely to vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion in the United States.
Democrats say they will oppose any justice nominee who has voiced an opinion that the controversial ruling should be overturned.