Trump to choose Supreme Court justice nominee on Feb. 2

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WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on
Wednesday he will make his choice to fill the vacancy on the
U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 2 as he seeks to restore the
conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

Trump announced the date in Twitter message one day after
meeting with key U.S. senators and promising to unveil his
nominee to fill the vacancy left by the death of conservative
Justice Antonin Scalia nearly a year ago.

Three U.S. appeals court judges are among those under close
consideration by Trump, who took office last Friday and had said
he would act on a nominee next week.

Appointment as a Supreme Court justice requires Senate
confirmation for the lifetime post. Trump’s fellow Republicans
control the Senate with a 52-48 majority, but Democrats could
potentially try to block the nomination using procedural
hurdles.

On Tuesday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he
told Trump in the meeting that Democrats would fight any nominee
they consider to be outside the mainstream.

Trump is in position to name Scalia’s replacement because
the Republican-led U.S. Senate last year refused to consider
Democratic President Barack Obama’s nominee, appeals court judge
Merrick Garland.

The current frontrunners include three conservative jurists
who were appointed to the bench by Republican former President
George W. Bush: Neil Gorsuch, a judge on the Denver-based 10th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Thomas Hardiman, who serves on
the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; and
William Pryor, a judge on the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals.



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