Key GOP senator says no Roe v. Wade opponent for high court

Key GOP senator says no Roe v. Wade opponent for high court

With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, Chief Justice Roberts will be the new man in the middle on the Supreme Court.

He was long seen as a swing vote on a panel that numbered five conservatives and four liberal justices.

Assuming Trump nominates the kind of justice he has said he intends to nominate, Nelson said he is optimistic the Senate can block it even though Democrats lack enough votes. In addition to Collins, the group of two Republicans and three Democrats included Sens.

As the president weighs his choice, moderate Republican Sen.

"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law", Maine's Susan Collins said on ABC's "This Week".

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"Well, I hope they keep thinking about it", Trump said of Democrats like Sen.

Collins discussed what she was looking for in a new justice, listing various attributes, then adding, "Most importantly of all, respect for precedent".

A former clerk for Kennedy and a graduate of University of MI law school, Kethledge is a judge on the United States court of appeals for the sixth circuit.

The White House also announced Monday that the overall confirmation process would be led by White House counsel Donald McGahn, as it was during the process that led to the successful confirmation past year of Justice Neil Gorsuch. But during his Senate confirmation hearing, he said he accepts Roe v. Wade as "the law of the land". She said she will share that and other comments with the president.

White House Counsel Don McGahn will oversee Trump's selection process, the White House said on Monday.

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Trump said he plans to interview six or seven people from his candidate list and will make an announcement of his pick on July 9. That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution as compared to broader rulings such as Roe. Also of interest are Amul Thapar, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati; Brett Kavanaugh, a former clerk for Kennedy who serves on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.; and Amy Coney Barrett, who serves on the federal appeals court in Chicago. John McCain, R-Ariz., is out as he battles brain cancer.

But she is pro-choice and previously showed a willingness to go against the party, particularly in her vote against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act a year ago.

Trump will probably not need to ask potential nominees about their views on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion.

And in an interview with CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, Collins went a step further, stating she would not back a justice who wanted to overturn Roe v. Wade.

And if the votes result in a tie, Vice President Pence will hold the tie-breaking vote-and his anti-abortion stance is well-known.

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