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>> With the outrage over the refugee ban still reverberating, President Trump hoping to shift the focus to the Supreme Court. Preparing to unveil his pick to fill a seat that's been vacant for nearly a year. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Trump hopes that his Supreme Court pick will help him turn the page on the stumbling roll out of his much maligned immigration plan, which bars all refugees to the United States.
The fallout forcing Trump to fire the top justice department official, Sally Yates, after she refused to enforce the order on Monday night. Trump's now hoping to unit his Republicans, falling back on his show business instincts with a prime time unveiling of his Supreme Court nominee. Insiders say he's narrowed the choice down to two conservative appeals court judges.
Neil Gorsuch, who has ruled that companies can refuse to pay for birth control on religious grounds. And Judge Thomas Hardiman, who has a record of ruling against restrictions on firearms. These candidates likely to draw broad support from Senate Republicans, who are eager to lock in a conservative majority on the Supreme Court.
The nominee would fill the shoes of right wing hero Antonin Scalia, who died last February. But they're going to need some cooperation from Senate Democrats, because they are short of the super majority they will need to take action. Senate Democrats, already livid over Trump's immigration order which bans entry for people from seven Muslim majority countries.
And they've got a new leader in New York's Chuck Schumer. His Democrats looking for payback after Republicans refused to consider former President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland last year. They've got the power to tie the Senate in knots. The question is how far are they willing to go?
This could be a defining for the opposition party as it struggles to find its footing in the era of Trump.