Hume: GOP Sens. Collins, Murkowski Key to Success of Trump SCOTUS Pick

03 July, 2018, 07:01 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Senator Susan Collins speaks in 2017

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 has said he is focusing on up to seven potential candidates, including two women, to fill the vacancy created by Kennedy, a swing vote on the nine-member court. On Sunday she told CNN she did not believe Gorsuch would seek to undermine Roe, because Gorsuch had authored a book on judicial precedent.

But law "is only settled until a majority of the Supreme Court decides it is not", he noted. So a nominee's position on whether or not they respect precedent will tell me a lot about whether they would overturn Roe v. Wade. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, or Susan Collins, R-Maine, because of the issue of legal abortion and other issues, ex-President Bill Clinton's one-time press secretary Joe Lockhart said Monday.

"I want to be clear that a vote for any of the proposed nominees on Trump's list is a vote to overturn Roe v. Wade", said Ezra Levin, co-founder of the protest group Indivisible.

Abortion rights are seen as a litmus test for the next nominee.

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The move is part of a broader push by the White House to rapidly confirm a replacement for Kennedy before the court's new term begins in October.

All four names Leo mentioned are on Trump's list of potential Supreme Court justices. She said she would have an "in-depth discussion" with Trump's nominee to replace Kennedy.

As President Donald Trump gears up to announce his Supreme Court nominee, Sen.

Collins quoted Chief Justice John Roberts, who called stare decisis a "fundamental principle of our judicial system". That means Democrats have a steep hill to climb if they intend to preserve the decisions on groundbreaking cases like Roe V. Wade and Obergefell v. Hodges.

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.

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Second, there is a good chance that the fate of Roe does not turn on this Supreme Court pick even if that nominee would vote to overturn the 1973 precedent.

Collins, however, defended her record.

Asked by Fox's Maria Bartiromo whether he would ask potential nominees how they might come down on Roe v. Wade, Trump said: "Well, that's a big one".

Kaine said those groups are well within their rights to stake out their strongly held beliefs against abortion, but said the law is a separate argument. "I have proved my independence and more important, I cared deeply about who serves on the court".

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