Trump meets with Supreme Court contenders, two in focus

Trump meets with Supreme Court contenders, two in focus

Trump meets with Supreme Court contenders, two in focus

Lisa Murkowski says the person who replaces Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court should be in the same mold as the retiring justice.

"Trump has been loud and clear in saying he'd pick Supreme Court Justices to end Roe v. Wade", the ad reads.

Over the weekend, President Trump told Fox News he would "probably not" ask his nominee about how they would vote on the abortion law.

After the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed Senate rules past year, eliminating the filibuster of Supreme Court nominees and clearing the way for easy confirmation of Trump's first pick Justice Neil Gorsuch, Republicans feel emboldened. There may be other justices who share that view, and if so, Collins and Murkowski could support the president's nominee in any event.

Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, said she did not think picking a woman was "the top concern" of Trump, stressing judicial philosophy and experience.

Judge Barrett serves on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; she was a law professor at her alma mater Notre Dame before joining the appeals court previous year.


"They are fair and independent judges with records of listening to the arguments of both sides in the courtroom, delivering well-reasoned decisions, fairly applying the law and honoring the Constitution", Severino said of Trump's list of potential nominees in a statement last week, "Like Justice Gorsuch, each one of them has the wisdom and experience necessary to sit on the Supreme Court from Day One". He played the same role in the successful confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year.

The group received support on Twitter last week from 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who said she "excited to support" their campaign.

Joan Larsen, a former Michigan Supreme Court justice who was named to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals a year ago, and fellow 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Raymond Kethledge, are reportedly among the handful of top candidates being considered by Trump.

On Sunday, Leonard Leo, an outside adviser to Trump on judicial nominations, said he expected Trump to select a nominee who is mindful of precedent but who is also more "originalist and textualist". Also of interest are Amul Thapar, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati; Brett Kavanaugh, a former clerk for Kennedy who serves on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.; and Amy Coney Barrett, who serves on the federal appeals court in Chicago.

And as a reminder of the horrific lengths people have previously gone to in order to perform unsafe abortions when the practice has not been available, abortion rights activists have been sending Senator Collins coat hangers to remind her of what they say is at stake, The Cut reported.

If Sen. John McCain's aggressive brain cancer diagnosis keeps him from traveling, it would only take one GOP defection to potentially block the nomination. Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie.

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