"That's a big one".
Trump picked Gorsuch to replace Antonin Scalia for a lifetime job on the Supreme Court in January 2017, and now must nominate someone to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. He had a very clear sense of what he wanted, he spent a lot of time asking questions about [the late] Justice [Antonin] Scalia and Justice [Clarence] Thomas and other members of the court, and he got to know Justice Kennedy a little bit.
In an interview with Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo that will air Sunday, though, the president said he "probably" wouldn't ask candidates about how they'd vote on the case.
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. "And I'm going to try and do something like that, but I don't think I'm going to be so specific".
"We don't want anyone tampering with elections", Mr. Trump said, a day after posting on Twitter that "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!"
Trump on Saturday said he plans to pick a nominee on July 9, and is working with Republicans in the Senate to expedite his judicial pick.
Trump himself described Supreme Court nominee selection as the most important decision he can make "outside of war and peace". He told reporters Friday that he has already narrowed his search to about five candidates, including two women. "As you know, there are many presidents who never get a choice".
One person on the president's overall list of 25 possible nominees is Sen.