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Trump Likely Considering Future Supreme Court Picks

Now that the battle over the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch is officially over, the word on the hill is that President Trump is already setting his sites on more nominees.

Among the other justices on the Court are several octogenarians, all of whom are liberal.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer could easily retire or worse in the next four years.

Trump is rumored to be prepping his short list for an immediate nomination should one of them step aside.

Here’s more from Newsmax…

With a Supreme Court that’s collectively the oldest on record, the real possibility exists that President Donald Trump could name more justices during his presidency, reported Fox News Saturday. 

Congress just saw a contentious fight as Republicans and Democrats debated the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s pick to fill the vacancy that had been open following the death of Antonin Scalia just over a year ago. Just hours after Scalia’s death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced there would be no discussion of Merrick Garland, former President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the vacancy.

While still a candidate, Trump in August predicted the next president could appoint as many as five justices during their tenure, which could change the court for decades. Future vacancies in the Supreme Court could arise as justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg, 84, Anthony Kennedy, 80, and Stephen Breyer, 78, ponder their future.

Republicans in the Senate were forced to use the nuclear option to confirm Gorsuch, widely considered to be a sterling pick for the position. Future nominees could undergo even more public scrutiny as Democrats consider the results that could come from an even more conservative Supreme Court.

“Imagine if in a year or so Justices Breyer, Ginsburg, or Kennedy leave the Court,” Rick Hasen, a professor at the University of California at Irvine, wrote on Election Law Blog.

“Then things get MUCH worse from the point of view of progressives. Then Roberts becomes the swing voter and there goes affirmative action, abortion rights, etc. If you think things with the Supreme Court are bad for progressive now they can get much, much worse.”

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