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Published — June 28, 2018 Updated — Today at 5:15 pm EST

Will Trump’s next Supreme Court pick be another millionaire?

U.S. Supreme Court building. J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press

With Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy retiring, the president says the search for a new pick will commence immediately.

Introduction

Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was instrumental to Supreme Court decisions involving same-sex marriage, abortion and campaign finance (the so-called Citizens United decision), announced that he will retire after a 30-year term on the bench.

Following the announcement Wednesday, President Donald Trump issued a statement praising Kennedy and making clear that the search for a new justice would commence immediately.

“Hopefully we’re going to pick somebody who will be as outstanding,” Trump said.

Naming Kennedy’s replacement would give Trump a second pick on the Supreme Court. In January 2017, the president successfully nominated Neil Gorsuch to the bench after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, who served 30 years on the high court.

Trump’s call for an immediate search comes amid pushback from Democrats, who demand the nomination wait until after the November elections. Democrats remain bitter about the Republicans’ refusal to consider President Obama’s last nominee to the court, instead of delaying until Obama had left office. Now, the tide has turned. If Democrats take back a majority of seats in the Senate, that would allow them more say in affecting the nomination.

Trump said he will consider a candidate from a list he compiled during his 2016 campaign, with five additions.

Among those nominees: 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Hardiman, based in Pittsburgh, and 11th U.S. Circuit Court Judge William Pryor, who works in Birmingham, Alabama. Both were among the possibilities for the seat that ultimately went to Gorsuch.

Hardiman and Pryor appear to be millionaires, just like the majority of their potential colleagues already on the nation’s highest court, and many of Trump’s other picks for senior positions, as the Center for Public Integrity reported last year.

Of course, Trump’s pick could also be a wild card. But here’s what we do know — as of 2015 — about the financial disclosures of the previous top nominees.

Last year, the Center for Public Integrity reviewed the annual financial disclosures of Hardiman and Pryor, when it appeared they might be nominated to the high court — including disclosures covering 2014 that were gathered by the National Law Journal. To be sure, the judges’ financial situations could have changed since then.

Of the two, only Hardiman appeared to own stock directly in companies, a potential “mousetrap” for judges due to the potential for conflicts of interest with their caseloads. Such financial holdings can lead to recusals that could have dramatic effects in a court where decisions are often split 5-to-4. In a 2014 investigation, the Center for Public Integrity found 24 cases in which federal appellate judges owned stock in companies before them yet did not step aside, a violation of federal law. None of those involved Hardiman or Pryor. Five of the cases were subsequently reopened.

Here’s what to know about Trump’s possible Supreme Court picks. To find disclosures about a particular business or topic, type search terms in the box (for example, “eBay”) and hit return. Or, scroll down to read the profiles and click on the disclosure links below.

Chris Zubak-Skees and Kytja Weir contributed to this story.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.