Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route from Washington to his private golf club in New Jersey, Trump said he may interview two contenders for the nomination this weekend.
"I've got it narrowed to about five", he said, including two women.
Murkowski told several news outlets Thursday that upholding Roe v. Wade - the 1973 decision legalizing abortion nationally - is at the forefront of her mind in her decision about a Supreme Court justice, but it's not the only factor in her decision.
"I'm not going to ask them that question", he said.
But they, or at least those of them who remember "Macbeth", might now say that nothing in Kennedy's career became him like the leaving it.
Trump says of the candidates under consideration, "It's a great group of intellectual talent". Trump's first Supreme Court appointee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, came from that initial list.
Democrats immediately called for a delay in the confirmation process until after the seating of a new Congress following November's mid-term elections, arguing it was even closer to the election now than when Scalia died in 2016. He also met with the three Democratic senators who broke ranks to support Gorsuch, Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, and Joe Manchin.
The retiring senator and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee told The Arizona Republic that he would evaluate Trump's eventual pick to replace Kennedy separately from his threat to block Trump's judicial nominees for district and circuit courts from moving out of the committee.
With Kennedy's departure, Republicans have a chance to tip the balance of the court.
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Trump's nominee must win confirmation by the Senate.
"I don't think that's completely inaccurate", Shapiro explained. Only one is a woman: Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Where we have ended up in 2018 is actually where the framers began when they declared in Article II, Section 2 that the president "shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint. judges of the Supreme Court".
As many conservatives saw it, Justice Anthony Kennedy's 1988 ascent to the nation's highest bench was reason for only muted celebration, if any, because he settled into the seat that his nominator, President Ronald Reagan, had first tried to fill with the conservatives' favorite jurist, Robert Bork.
"Any Democrat who votes for Trump's nominee (assuming it's someone from his list of 25) will be voting to overturn Roe v. Wade".
"[I'm] extremely concerned", said Helene Krasnoff, vice president of public policy, litigation and law at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Trump officials did not directly pressure Kennedy, and it's not uncommon for the White House create hospitable conditions for a court opening.