Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor to express his and the Senate’s willingness to confirm a Supreme Court nominee from President Trump following Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement of impending retirement Wednesday.
“The Senate stands ready to fulfill its constitutional role by offering advice and consent on President Trump’s nominee to fill this vacancy. We will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy’s successor this fall,” McConnell said.
McConnell continued, “As in the case of Justice Gorsuch, senators will have the opportunity to meet with President Trump’s nominee, examine his or her qualifications and debate the nomination. I have every confidence in chairman Grassley’s conduct in the upcoming confirmation process.”
The Senate Majority Leader added that “Trump’s judicial nominations have reflected a keen understanding of the vital role the judges play in our constitutional order.”
Justice Kennedy was a swing vote on the court, voting to support gay marriage in 2015 in the 5-4 Obergefell V. Hodgens case, but also voting to support Trump’s travel ban earlier on Tuesday. Trump has already appointed one conservative justice on the Supreme Court during his presidency, Justice Neil Gorsuch. (RELATED: Kennedy Calls It Quits: Longtime Swing Justice Hands Trump The Biggest Gift Of His Presidency)
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