Reports: Pres. Trump to Push for Kennedy Replacement Before Midterm Election in November, Will Choose From List of 25

Early reports on the reaction by President Trump and his administration to the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy have Trump saying he will choose a replacement justice from a list of potential nominees he released last year. Also, there is a report by ABC News the White House will seek to have the confirmation vote by the Senate before the November mid-term elections.

President Trump speaks to the press during an Oval Office meeting with the President of Portugal, Rebelo de Sousa, June 27, 2018, image via KristinnFR/Twitter.

Trump told the press Kennedy came to the White House to personally inform him, reported CBS News’ Mark Knoller, “With Pres de Sousa listening, Pres Trump said Justice Kennedy came to the WH a short time ago to inform him of his decision to retire. Said they had a wonderful discussion and asked Justice Kennedy for suggestions on a successor. Won’t disclose who Kennedy recommended.”

ABC News, “NEW: Pres. Trump’s teams intends to push to get a nominee to replace Anthony Kennedy confirmed before the midterm elections, @jonkarl reports.”

The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman reported the same, “Sources say Trump will move quickly on Kennedy replacement, in hopes of confirmation being done before Election Day this year”

The list from the White House posted November 17, 2017.

Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Keith Blackwell of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia

Charles Canady of Florida, Supreme Court of Florida

Steven Colloton of Iowa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Allison Eid of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Britt Grant of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia

Raymond Gruender of Missouri, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Joan Larsen of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Mike Lee of Utah, United States Senator

Thomas Lee of Utah, Supreme Court of Utah

Edward Mansfield of Iowa, Supreme Court of Iowa

Federico Moreno of Florida, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Kevin Newsom of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

William Pryor of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Margaret Ryan of Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

David Stras of Minnesota, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Diane Sykes of Wisconsin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Amul Thapar of Kentucky, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Timothy Tymkovich of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Robert Young of Michigan, Supreme Court of Michigan (Ret.)

Don Willett of Texas, Supreme Court of Texas

Patrick Wyrick of Oklahoma, Supreme Court of Oklahoma

End list.

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