Trump says Search for Justice Kennedy’s Replacement to Begin “Immediately”

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President Donald Trump speaks before awarding the Medal of Honor to 1st Lt. Garlin Conner posthumously during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Conner is being recognized for actions on Jan. 24, 1945, when he left a position of relative safety for a better position […]

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump told reporters that the search for Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy’s replacement will begin “immediately” amid news of Kennedy’s retirement. Mr. Trump made the remarks as he met with Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa Wednesday. 

Mr. Trump said Kennedy is a man he has “great respect for” calling him a “great justice” of the Court with “great vision” and “tremendous heart.” Kennedy notified Mr. Trump in a letter Wednesday, telling him that effective July 31, he would “end my regular active status as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, while continuing to serve in a senior status.”

“We will begin our search for a new Justice will begin immediately,” he said, adding that he aims to “pick somebody who will be as outstanding” as Kennedy was. The president said he is looking to pick from the list of 25 nominees that was released when Mr. Trump made his last pick to fill a vacancy with Justice Neil Gorsuch. He said the list of names included “highly educated, highly intelligent people.”

Mr. Trump and de Sousa are expected to discuss addressing global conflicts and promoting economic prosperity, according to the White House.

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