Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Just in: President Trump has interviewed Mike Lee for SCOTUS

Just in: President Trump has interviewed Mike Lee for SCOTUS

At least one Republican, Susan Collins, has said that she would not vote for a nominee who supports the overturning of Roe v. Wade, a ruling that struck down laws restricting abortions. Collins, who appeared on ABC's "This Week" and CNN's "State of the Union", said she would only back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the Roe decision, which has always been anathema to conservatives.

Trump said he was working from a list of 25 conservative nominees the White House released last November, and the Center has requested disclosures for all of them.

During his 2016 campaign, Donald Trump reminded supporters the next president would determine the ideological direction of the Supreme Court - and the nation - for a generation. He did not identify any of them. CNN noted that McGahn's reassignment signals he is safe from ousting and will likely remain at the White House, while Shah may resign shortly after the process is complete.

"What I want to see is a nominee who, regardless of his or her personal views on the very hard and contentious life issue, is going to respect precedent regardless", added Collins. "I also suggested that he broaden his search".

"Obama chose two, the president before him, Bush, chose two, Clinton chose two, the first Bush chose two, and before that, Ronald Reagan chose three", Walker said.

Her traditional Catholic beliefs became a flashpoint last September during her confirmation hearing in the Senate.

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Trump said he has narrowed the shortlist to five choices, though the president has yet to announce who is on it.

"They're going to get beaten so badly", Trump said.

In addition to Collins, another Senate swing vote could be fellow Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who also favors abortion rights. Coney Barrett, who sits on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, is just 46 and would give Trump an opportunity to leave a long-lasting imprint on the court. They were the only Democrats to do so.

It's true elections have consequences, but the disjunction between the Senate majority that produces a very conservative court, on one hand, and, on the other, the public, derives in large part from lesser-populated red states providing a cushion for Republicans in the Senate (and hence the court) and the electoral college. He has a litmus test for his Supreme Court nominee: end Roe v. Wade. Funny, GOP leaders have insisted all these years that abolishing Roe is what most Americans want.

"A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me, because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don't want to see a judge have", Collins told ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz on ABC's "This Week" Sunday.

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