Jeff Flake says he won't hold up Trump's next Supreme Court justice

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The president said two women are among the candidates he's considering among a pool of between five and seven potential nominees.

It is hard to know how reliable such polling is, but for whatever it is worth: A significant number of voters in 2016 said - perhaps they were minting a retrospective rationale for an unpleasant act - that they voted for Donald Trump because they consider the Supreme Court supremely important, and they trusted Trump more than his opponent to fill the empty seat, the one occupied by Antonin Scalia until his death in February 2016. Interestingly, the president says that he does not intend to ask his candidates how they feel about the landmark court case.

"I think myself and a number of senators, at least a few of us will stand up and say, 'Let's not move any more judges until we get a vote, for example, on tariffs, '" Flake said.

"It's a great group of intellectual talent", Mr Trump said. When McConnell adopted "the Reid Rule" previous year for Supreme Court nominees to break Democrats' filibuster against the nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, he was merely allowing the majority of the Senate to advise and consent.

That would put a new justice in place before the congressional midterm elections in November, when all seats in the House of Representatives and a third of those in the Senate will be contested. Flake told The Arizona Republic he would make a determination on voting for Trump's nominee after reviewing the pick.

Although a conservative, Justice Kennedy has sided with liberals on previous decisions, including the 5-4 rulings that decided same-sex marriage and upheld abortion rights.

Trump did not name the five names on his short list, which he has said will be pulled from a list of 25 judges he first released during the 2016 campaign.

In a statement after Kennedy announced his retirement, Murkowski said her "standards for Supreme Court nominees are extremely high".

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Andersson said: "The whole group is still alive so we will have to lick our wounds and come back for the last game". After the game, Durmaz faced a barrage of abuse on social media, including racist insults and death threats.

In other remarks to reporters, President Trump said he would raise the issue of alleged Russian election meddling when he meets President Putin in Finland on 16 July.

Lee is on Trump's initial list of possible Supreme Court picks.

"I don't think that's completely inaccurate", Shapiro explained.

FILE - Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, April 10, 2017.

According to the Journal the list has already been whittled down to a half-dozen names, and people involved in the White House process expect an announcement before Trump departs for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit that begins in Brussels on July 11. John McCain of Arizona absent and unlikely to return to vote, the GOP has 50 votes to the Democrats' 49, and Vice President Pence holds a tie-breaking vote in case of other absences.

In the run-up to selecting Gorsuch, Trump met with three contenders and White House officials vetted several more.

Besides Feinstein, Sens. Patty Murray, Mazie Hirono and Chris Murphy have said they hope for the same.

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