I 'probably won't' ask Supreme Court nominees about Roe v. Wade

Sen. Joe Manchin III in Washington on May 9

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on Sunday she would not support a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy who opposes the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortions rights nationwide.

So it was reassuring to many pro-choicers when Collins insisted, in an interview with CNN this weekend, that she "would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade." .

Trump said he plans to meet with two or three more candidates this week before he announces his choice on July 9.

In a series of tweets, Schumer argued that Barrett would support overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision.

Casey told WKBN that he hopes Trump chooses a "mainstream nominee".

Front-runners, according to two people familiar with the process, include D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and Thomas Hardiman, who was a finalist to be Trump's first high court appointee as well as a fellow judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with Trump's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry. Even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed Senate rules a year ago to allow confirmation by simple majority, if Democrats hold together, he can not afford defections.

For now, the liberal groups have launched a campaign against all candidates on Mr.Trump's list.

To facilitate logistics of the power change, President Trump's assistant Don McGahn will oversee the selection and confirmation, while White House aide Raj Shah will head the comms operation.

"I strongly believe that the president should take his time to identify a strong consensus candidate that will not further divide this country and fan the flames of anger and anxiety that are beginning to tear people apart", said Feinstein.

Indian American Amul Roger Thapar was among the four candidates President Donald Trump interviewed on Monday for nomination as a Supreme Court justice. They see an opportunity now with Trump in the White House.

The court is split with five judges nominated by Republican presidents and four by Democrats, ruling on many cases along ideological lines. Nevertheless, Murkowski did vote for Justice Gorsuch a year ago. The ADF has won multiple cases before the Supreme Court in recent years.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, an abortion rights supporter, is considered one of the key votes on a nominee. Despite a history of calling women "fat pigs", "dogs", "slobs" and "disgusting animals", the president rewards female conquerers, opting for allies in the mold of Daenerys Targaryen-comparisons are already being made between Barrett and veteran Justice Elena Kagan.

Collins and even several Democrats agreed to back Gorsuch because they said he clearly valued legal precedent and the independence of USA courts.

The senator has a few times threatened to withhold his vote on key Trump priorities citing ideological disagreements, most recently the nomination of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Trump is expected to announce his pick from the list, which now comprises over 25 judges from across the country, on July 9.

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