Trump to move quickly on Supreme Court nominee

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2015

The Senate's top Republican leader says he's confident President Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court will be confirmed in the narrowly divided chamber. "As you know, there are many presidents who never get a choice".

Trump's statement that two women are included in his shortlist for the position may be meant to neutralize any plans by Democrats to stage an all-out war in the Senate.

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., want to move swiftly to confirm the justice to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy before the court reconvenes on October 1.

According to the Washington Post, the 53-year-old circuit judge has previously argued presidents "should not be distracted by civil lawsuits, criminal investigations or even questions from a prosecutor or defense attorney while in office" - a view that would likely be welcomed by Trump, who has warred against the ongoing investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign, along with the FBI probe into his longtime fixer, Michael Cohen. CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett joins CBSN from New Jersey, where Mr. Trump is spending the weekend.

"Well, that's a big one, and probably not", Trump told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo in an interview scheduled to air Sunday at 10 a.m. on "Sunday Morning Futures".

Left-wing and right-wing groups have sprung into high gear since Kennedy's announcement on Wednesday that he would step down, putting the balance of the court on key issues like abortion and gay rights into question. The swing-vote senators, along with McCain, were the trio who derailed the GOP's 2017 effort to repeal most of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Most respondents also said they would vote for a candidate who supports stronger workplace protections against sexual harassment and assault, and one who supports paid parental leave.

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"I think sometimes we talk about Supreme Court too much in abstractions, about dignity and who is qualified and who is not".

"The fact that there's a modest enthusiasm disadvantage isn't all that meaningful because there's already an enthusiasm gap for Republicans", he said, noting Democratic anger towards Trump.

Past reports have identified five front-runners.

Kennedy's retirement, he said, could provide Democrats with a clear-cut argument in November for the importance of retaking Congress in case further court vacancies arise during the Trump administration. "I actually saw him on television last night, where he said he would love the job".

In the wise words of Maya Angelou, "When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time".

In recent years, the average retirement age for a Supreme Court justice has been 83. Gorsuch cleared the Senate - only after McConnell pushed through a rules change to end the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees and lower the threshold for confirmation from 60 to a simple majority - with 54 votes.

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