The president says he will announce his replacement for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a choice that may shift the court’s ideological balance

A handful of red state Democratic senators were invited to watch the unveiling of Trump’s supreme court nominee in the White House East Room tonight.

Statement from Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly:

I appreciate the President inviting me to attend tonight’s announcement at the WH. I look forward to meeting the nominee in a setting where we can discuss his or her experience, judicial philosophy & perspective on access to healthcare for WVians with pre-existing conditions.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, could not contain his glee at the prospect of appointing a second conservative judge to the supreme court during his remarks on the Senate floor today.


p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Mitch McConnell cracks an excitable grin on occasion, but he’s on another level right now with this Supreme Court vacancy.

Justice Kennedy’s resignation letter had barely arrived in the president’s hands before several of our Democratic colleagues began declaring their blanket opposition to anyone at all – anyone – that the president might name.

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