Trump choice to shift high court balance
June 28, 2018 -- The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative who sided with liberals on many votes, gives President Trump the chance to shift the balance of the court further to the right for decades to come.
Although Kennedy was a conservative nominated by Republican President Ronald Reagan, he was seen as the “swing vote” on the court because he joined with liberal justices on some major issues, including expanding gay rights and upholding abortion rights.
As a result, news of his retirement has raised fears among pro-choice groups that access to legal abortions in several states could be under threat.
White House officials said Trump was likely to quickly begin interviewing candidates from a list of 25 people that the conservative Federalist Society helped draw up, with an eye to getting the new justice confirmed by the Senate in the autumn.