Trump predicts 'vicious' fight over Supreme Court vacancy

President Donald Trump has said he will start interviewing the shortlisted nominees and plans to invite two of them to Bedminster

President Donald Trump plans to announce July 9 his nominee to fill the vacancy that will be created when Justice Kennedy retires from the court.

Trump has said he will select a nominee from a list of 25 names, many of them judges on federal and state courts across the country.

In his 31 years on the Supreme Court, Kennedy was often seen as the swing vote, siding with conservatives on issues like religious freedom and with the court's liberal justices on issues like abortion and gay marriage.

"This is a very different Supreme Court discussion because everyone in the Senate who is going to vote on this knows this could change the balance of power". He said he planned to interview one or two of them this weekend in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is spending time with family at his private golf course. The president has already said he intends to install a conservative justice in his place.

"We have to pick a great one", Trump said at a North Dakota rally on Wednesday. "Probably not", the president told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo.

The final point echoes the legal philosophy of Trump's last Supreme Court pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch, a renowned textualist, meaning someone who seeks to interpret laws according to their plain text over the intent of their writers or the laws' consequences. His opinions are so well-written and so brilliant.

"I'm going to try to do something like that, but I don't think I'm going to be so specific in the questions", the president said. CBS News' Weijia Jiang reports from the White House.

Lastly, the adviser said Trump wants his pick to "interpret the Constitution the way the framers meant it to be". "You know, usually they don't say that".

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