Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump a chance to cement conservative control of the nation's highest court. The White House has released a list of potential nominees to replace Kennedy, but the President is reportedly considering four top picks. The White House will announce the nominee on July 9 in a broadcast at 9 p.m.
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Brett M. Kavanaugh testifies during a second Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing. Kavanaugh was nominated and confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is now said to be one of President Trump's top picks for nomination to the Supreme Court.
Judge Thomas Hardiman, federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, moderates a panel discussion during the Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.
This portrait, provided by the University of Notre Dame, shows Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, who is said to be one of Trump's top picks for the Supreme Court seat recently vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
This file photo shows U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Raymond Kethledge, who is said to be one of Trump's top picks for the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Kennedy's retirement.
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This undated photo, courtesy of the Alabama Attorney General's office, shows former Alabama Attorney General William H. Pryor Jr. In 2003 Pryor was appointed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He is now said to be one of President Donald Trump's top picks to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In this 2006 file photo, Amul Thapar, now a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, talks with The Associated Press in Lexington, Ky.
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Robert Young is a former justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.
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Justice Thomas Lee of the Utah Supreme Court.
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This photo show Justice Edward Mansfield of the Supreme Court of Iowa, who was appointed to Iowa's highest court in 2011
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This image, provided by the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, shows Judge Raymond Gruender, who has served on the Eighth Circuit since 2004.
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This portrait, from the Supreme Court of Georgia, shows Justice Britt Grant.
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This portrait, from the Supreme Court of Georgia, shows Justice Keith Blackwell, who is on President Trump's list of potential Supreme Court nominees.
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David Ryan Stras takes his seat for his confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 29, 2017. Stras was a Trump appointee to the U.S. 8th Circuit Court and is now one of the justices being considered to take the place of outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy.
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Sen. Mike Lee speaks at Russell Senate Office Building on April 28, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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Justice Edward Mansfield serves on the Supreme Court of Iowa.
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Federal judicial nominee Diane S. Sykes of Wisconsin appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, February 11, 2004. Sykes was confirmed and served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and is now said to be on President Trump's shortlist of potential nominees for the Supreme Court.
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Allison Eid, former justice on the Supreme Court of Colorado, is shown in this portrait provided by the Supreme Court of Colorado. Eid now sits on the U.S. Tenth Circuit's Court of Appeals.
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This photo, provided by the Supreme Court of Florida, shows Chief Justice Charles T. Canady who has served on the court since 2008.
Judge Kevin Newsom is on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Before Trump appointed Newsom to be a circuit judge in May 2017, Newsom served as solicitor general of Alabama.
Don Willett testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on nominations on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Willett currently serves as a United States Circuit Judge For The Fifth Circuit.
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U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit Judge Steven M. Colloton speaks in a discussion during the Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention in Washington, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.
This 2010 file photo shows Judge Federico Moreno in Miami. Moreno currently serves on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
In this 2015 file photo, Joan Larsen, a University of Michigan law professor, speaks after she was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court by Gov. Rick Snyder, right, in Lansing, Mich.
This 2011 file photo shows Patrick Wyrick, Oklahoma state solicitor general, as he speaks during an Oklahoma Supreme Court hearing on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Wyrick currently sits on the Supreme Court of Oaklahoma and is on President Trump's list of potential nominees.