Donald Trump meets with US Supreme Court contenders, two in focus

Aaron Brown
July 3, 2018

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

CNN host Jake Tapper pointed to criticisms on the left suggesting Collins could be "played" by supporting conservative nominees who could potentially still vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, even if they hadn't "demonstrated hostility" to the program in the past. Most, if not all, of the potential nominees on his previously released list of candidates were vetted by the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group whose leadership disagrees with the Roe decision.

The Maine senator spoke as the White House began focusing on five to seven potential candidates to fill the vacancy of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote on the court.

Trump is set to announce his nomination next Monday.

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During his 2016 campaign and presidency, Trump embraced anti-abortion groups and vowed to appoint federal judges who will favor efforts to roll back abortion rights. 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. Tim Kaine said the future of Roe v. Wade is "very much in jeopardy" during a campaign event on Monday morning in Town Center.

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"A candidate who would overturn Roe would not be acceptable", she said Sunday on ABC's This Week.

Collins noted that she isn't "comfortable" with everyone on Trump's shortlist to replace Kennedy, noting that in 2005 she voted against confirming one of them, Judge William Pryor, to the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

"It is settled law, and it is a precedent whether you like it or not", Napolitano said.

"She also said that it's a firm precedent".

Napolitano continued: "I'll tell you why: Because the chief justice, though a practicing Catholic and pro-life himself, does not believe that fundamental changes should come about in the court, the court's decisions because of an election". "And that's what I want to see in this nominee".

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, appearing separately on "State of the Union", urged Collins to be skeptical of a nominee's claims to support precedent, noting that Gorsuch joined his four conservative colleagues on the court to overturn precedent in last week's ruling in a labor union case, Janus v. AFSCME.

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