Orrin Hatch

Can Trump put another Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court?

Can Trump put another Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court?

President-elect Donald Trump will soon have the chance to make good on one of his most consequential campaign promises: fill the Supreme Court vacancy with a judge in the mold of conservative icon Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February.

Any Trump nominee is almost guaranteed to be a conservative jurist who is antiabortion and supports the 2nd Amendment’s right to bear arms.

But what kind of conservative he selects will determine whether his first nominee will be quickly confirmed or instead trigger a fierce fight in the closely divided Senate, potentially overshadowing the early months of Trump’s presidency. 

If Trump opts for a Scalia-like...

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