Trump interviews 4 for Supreme Court, 2-3 more to go

Aaron Brown
July 3, 2018

The recent announcement that Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire from the Supreme Court has jeopardized the future of abortion rights in the USA - though one of the key senators needed to confirm a future Supreme Court justice said Sunday she does not intend to put Roe v. Wade under threat with her vote.

Trump also said he plans to meet with additional candidates at the White House this week, two or three, before announcing his final choice on Monday July 9.

The interviews were with federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amul Thapar, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, said a person with knowledge of the meetings who was not authorized to speak publicly about them. In an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Collins said Trump's current list includes people she "could not vote for".

Four women have served on the Supreme Court, and all four have consistently ruled in favor of the abortion industry.

"She also said that it's a firm precedent". Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to oppose any candidate that would threaten to overturn Roe V. Wade. A senior White House official said that Trump did not conduct any interviews with potential Supreme Court picks over the weekend.

Shah will take leave from the position of Trump's Deputy Principal Press Secretary to concentrate on getting the President's nominee through the Senate approval process, White House Spokesperson Sarah Sanders said. The president is really in the driver's seat along with the assistance of White House counsel Don McGahn. She emphasized that there were certain people on Trump's candidate list that she wouldn't vote for, though she didn't specify who those people were.

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The Maine Republican added that "it would be inappropriate" to ask a judicial nominee how they are going to vote on a future case, including one challenging Roe.

Indeed, a new poll released Monday found such widespread support for Roe v. Wade.

"And that would indicate to me a failure to respect precedent, a fundamental tenet of our judicial system", Collins continued.

All four names Leo mentioned are on Trump's list of potential Supreme Court justices. Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, in part to give the Senate time to consider a nominee and hold votes before the midterm elections in November.

"The bottom line: Judge Barrett has given every indication that she will be an activist judge on the court", Schumer said.

In 2002, according to Talking Points Memo, Collins said: "The Republican party should be as synonymous with protecting a woman's right to choose as the Democratic party is with expanded government or raising taxes". "If chosen as the nominee, she will be the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and to strike down preexisting conditions protections in the ACA".

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