Politics mixes with law as Trump closes in on court pick

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joined by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., left, holds a press briefing Tuesday outside the Capitol on the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is infusing deliberations over his coming nomination of a new Supreme Court justice with political meaning as he aims to maximize the benefit before Nov. 3 and even secure an electoral backstop should the result be contested.