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WASHINGTON (CBS NEWS) — President Trump says he is interviewing six or seven people and plans to announce his choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9, he said on Air Force One, on the way to his golf club at Bedminster, in New Jersey.
Among the candidates he’s considering are two women, and he told reporters that he might meet with candidates over a golf weekend. The president also said it was inappropriate to discuss whether he was looking for a justice who would be willing to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court 1973 case legalizing abortion.
In an interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo airing Sunday, though, the president said he “probably” wouldn’t ask candidates about how they’d vote on the case.
There are so far five names that stand out as front-runners — 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett; 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Hardiman, who was the runner-up to Neil Gorsuch on the president’s first Supreme Court pick; D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh; and 6th Circuit Court of Appeals’ Judges Raymond Kethledge and Amul Thapar.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
CBS News’ Errol Barnett contributed to this report.