World Bulletin / News Desk
US President Donald Trump plans to announce his Supreme Court nominee Tuesday, seizing an opportunity to tilt the bench to conservatives on crucial issues such as abortion and gun control.
The outcome of the "very big decision," due to be announced at 8:00 pm (0000 GMT Wednesday) at the White House, is an "unbelievably highly respected" candidate, Trump told reporters.
The announcement -- two days ahead of schedule and scheduled for prime television viewing time -- sets the stage for what is certain to be a bruising battle with Democrats.
They are still smarting from the loss of the White House and Republicans' refusal to consider -- much less vote on -- former president Barack Obama's nominee for the same Supreme Court seat.
Abortion, gay marriage and gun control are just some of the hot button issues of American life and law on which the Supreme Court is the final arbiter.
Its members, who must be confirmed by the Senate, are named to life terms.
Given the advanced age of several sitting justices, Trump could potentially make several appointments to the court during his term, giving him the opportunity to shape its direction for a generation.
Once confirmed, Supreme Court justices enjoy absolute independence, however, and some have proved to be politically unpredictable, which sharply raises the stakes of the Senate confirmation process.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Ocak 2017, 00:49