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Trump to nominate second Supreme Court Justice
Washington Times reporter Alex Swoyer on what it could mean Justice Kennedy to retire, for the Supreme court.
President Trump said on Thursday that his government has already begun the process of investigating possible replacement for retired Supreme Court judge Anthony Kennedy, called it “the most important decision that can make a President.”
“We have already started to,” Trump said in a speech in Wisconsin. “And, hopefully, we will make you very proud.”
Kennedy announced his resignation from the high court on Wednesday afternoon. Trump has said he will select a replacement from its previously published list of 25 candidates.
“We get a large United States Supreme Court justice to take the place of a great man, justice Kennedy, is really a great person, great guy,” Trump said on Thursday.
Trump bragged that his first Supreme Court pick, justice Neil from gorsuch, conservatives are happy.
KENNEDY RETIREMENT KICKS SPECULATION ABOUT SUPREME COURT REPLACEMENTS IN HIGH GEAR
“We had a fantastic choice of justice from gorsuch, very proud of him, does a fantastic job,” he said. “And we are going to try and do just as good.”
Sources Fox News specified six Federal appeals court judges — Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Amul Thapar, Joan Larsen and Raymond Kethledge-apply as an early frontrunner. All of these six judges list to Trump’s.
During a rally in North Dakota on Wednesday, Trump praised the outgoing Kennedy as “a special man” and “big man” and the audience says, he chose “very honored” Kennedy to retire, while Trump was in the office, because “he felt confident, to make me the right choice and to carry on his great legacy.”
“Judge Kennedy retired, the question of Senate control, one of the Central issues of our time,” Trump said. “It is the most important thing we can do … We need to elect more Republicans. We have to do. And the problem is, in the Senate, we have 51. We don’t have enough.”
Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.