>> For those of us who cover the Supreme Court. The normally kind of staid world that we're used to covering of court filings and decisions was thrown into turmoil on February the 13th, 2016. When conservative Justice Antonin Scalia surprisingly died while on a trip in Texas at the age of 79.
Unusually happening in the middle of the court term where cases were still being decided.>> With him, a piece of my own life is carried to the grave.>> And setting off a huge political fight over his succession.>> Today I am nominating Chief Judge Merrick Bryan Garlin.
>> And it is the senate's constitutional right to act as a check on a president, and withhold its consent.>> That led into the presidential race that was eventually won by Donald Trump.>> The justices that I'm going to appoint will be pro-life, they will have a conservative bent.
>> Trump's selection has broader ramifications for the Supreme Court than just this one vacancy. Three of the justices are currently over 78, with justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg the oldest, at 83. So there's a possibility not only that he will get to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. He might also get more vacancies on the court in the next few years that he would also be able to fill, that would tilt the court further to the right.
That could put into play some big social issues Including the right to have an abortion. A decision that the Supreme Court announced in 1973, and which conservatives have long wanted to overturn.