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Re Susan Collins' comment on Supreme Court appointment

Re Susan Collins' comment on Supreme Court appointment

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".

Following a recent meeting with President Donald Trump about his upcoming Supreme Court pick, Sen. In an op-ed in The New York Times, Schumer said "the next nominee will obfuscate and hide behind the shopworn judicial dodge, 'I will follow settled law"'.

Trump will probably not need to ask potential nominees about their views on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced Monday morning Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah is being reassigned to focus on getting the president's nominee confirmed.

Abortion is not the only key issue Nelson worries about with a new Supreme Court justice. Trump also spoke about the increasing number of Democrats who have called for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), something Trump said he considers also considers beneficial for Republicans headed into the midterms.

Trump has said he will announce a nominee on July 9.

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"A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me", Collins said.

"I think it's going to go very quickly", Trump said Sunday in a Fox News interview.

Trump's second Supreme Court pick will replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Ronald Reagan appointee who has served as a swing vote on the court. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, moderate Republicans who support access to abortion services and aren't up for re-election, making it less likely either will feel pressure to be in lockstep with the polarizing president.

"I'm pro-life but I know how that divides our country immediately and divides everyone, they're split right down the middle on that", Manchin told a West Virginia radio station.

In order to determine her vote, Collins told Raddatz she's "going to have an in-depth discussion with the nominee".

When asked on "State of the Union" whether she thought Justice Gorsuch would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, Collins said no, adding that she believes Gorsuch, the co-author of a book on precedent, understands that precedent is essential to the US judicial system. Yet as a judge in the military courts rather than civilian, Ryan has little track record of rulings on hot button issues that give Democrats the fodder to hold up or outright oppose her confirmation. I will say this: "It will go back to the states, and the states will then make a determination". "She wants someone who's going to adhere to the constitution and the law more than anything else", Leo responded.