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President Trump said he will announce his Supreme Court nominee next week


President Trump said he will announce his nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Antonin Scalia next week.

Early Monday morning, the Los Angeles Times reported Judge Neil Gorsuch, a conservative Colorado judge, had emerged as a leading contender for the seat.

On Tuesday, after signing executive orders, Trump said he would choose a "great Supreme Court justice."

He is very bright, well-respected and quite personable. And there's no question he would not be as contentious as some others.
John Malcom, Heritage Foundation, on Gorsuch

Gorsuch is best known for defending religious liberty in legal battles over the Affordable Care Act. 

Past rumored candidates for the seat included Judge William Pryor Jr. of Alabama and Judge Diane Sykes of Wisconsin. 

Trump will reportedly meet with congressional leaders to discuss the vacancy.

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