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Trump to announce Supreme Court pick

Posted January 31

President Donald Trump on Tuesday will make his pick to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court after teasing the announcement Monday on Twitter.

Trump is trying to change the debate from his travel ban and the related protests at airports across the country to the open seat. The new Supreme Court justice could tip the scales on the bench for big issues like abortion and immigration.

Trump has two names at the top of his Supreme Court list: Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman.

"(It's) a person who is unbelievably highly respected, and I think you will be very impressed with this person," Trump said of his choice.

Democrats say they will look at the nominee's positions and fight if needed.

"If they are far breathers from the right or the left, they need not apply as far as I'm concerned," said Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.

The President is making his selection after he fired the acting attorney general, Sally Yates, who said she would not defend Trump's travel ban. She sent a letter to the Justice Department saying she's not convinced the executive order instituting a limited ban is legal.

Hours after sending the letter, Trump fired her, elevating another lawyer who he says will uphold the ban.

"He's made sure that every way possible, we get down the path of securing this country," said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

The travel ban may be one of the big cases the Supreme Court could decide as the new justice could swing the court to the right.

"Judging is about ultimately the law as it is, not the law as it should be according to the subjective beliefs of the judge," said lawyer Jason Murray.

House and Senate Democrats kept that in mind as they protested the travel ban on the steps of the Supreme Court.

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  • Carol Smith Jan 31, 2017
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    bull is his forte. Lying is a daily habit of his, too.

  • Carol Smith Jan 31, 2017
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    u seem to forget that the Republicans spent eight years blocking things Obama tried to do. Eight yesrs!

  • Carol Smith Jan 31, 2017
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    Is this but another trump lie?! Lol

  • Nathaniel Lincoln Jan 31, 2017
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    "Trump is trying to change the debate from the travel ban"? Says who ?? I really dont think he cares what these paid protesters are doing. He's too busy saving the country from the mess "politicians" have left him to clean up.

  • William Sherman Jan 31, 2017
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    Doesn't matter who the choice is---The Demotards, or Libercans, either will do---guaranteed that they will fuss and fume, obstruct, complain and generally show their backsides. If Jesus Christ was the nominee, the Demotards would use every trick they could to block his approval.

  • Jim Halbert Jan 31, 2017
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    You make it sound like the obvious answer. I'm sure smarter republicans are looking at the regret Harry Reid has from using it. What goes around eventually comes around.

  • Bobby Lee Jimmy Billy Jan 31, 2017
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    It's going to be a Prime Time Live Extravaganza . Come one, come all. The Master of Alternate Fact will either dazzle us with brilliance or baffle us with bull.

  • Rick Nolte Jan 31, 2017
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    So far, judging by his cabinet (Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Rick Perry), respect has a totally different meaning to the Cheetos god. Heck republicans don't even respect themselves. Alternate facts anyone?

  • Amber Perry Jan 31, 2017
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    Dems do not have the majority, Repubs could just use the nuclear option.

  • Tony Biancardi Jan 31, 2017
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    Republicans refused to act on Pres. Obama's Supreme Court nomination for over a year. No reason why Democrats should support Trump's nomination.

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