Trump anti-abortion supreme court pick 'not acceptable', says Collins

Trump anti-abortion supreme court pick 'not acceptable', says Collins

Trump anti-abortion supreme court pick 'not acceptable', says Collins

Abortion rights emerged as a major topic of discussion on Sunday among USA senators who will vote on President Donald Trump's eventual Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of the month. Susan Collins (R-M.E.) emphasized in interviews Sunday on CNN's State of the Union and ABC's This Week that she will only support a nominee who demonstrates "respect for precedent" - including the Roe v. Wade ruling that recognizes a woman's right to privacy extends to her choice to have an abortion.

President Trump said he interviewed four candidates Monday in his search for his next Supreme Court nominee, as two federal appeals court judges emerged in a report as the leading contenders for the nomination. Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME told CNN's State of the Union.

It's not entirely clear how current conservatives on the Court would vote on the issue of overturning Roe v. Wade. In her view, Roe v. Wade is settled law, and she wanted someone on the court who would respect precedent. "Everything is awful now", he said, noting that barring a major screw up from Trump, "the only thing everyone can do now is vote".

"I'm pro-life but I know how that divides our country immediately and divides everyone, they're split right down the middle on that", Manchin told a West Virginia radio station.

The New York Democrat says this summer's retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy creates the most important high court vacancy "in our lifetimes".

The White House is getting its team in place for the confirmation process for President Donald Trump's next Supreme Court pick. "Roe versus Wade, in many ways, has been affirmed over the years".

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. "Susan Collins can not simultaneously say she supports Roe v. Wade and support anybody on that list; that would be quite hypocritical".

All four names Leo mentioned are on Trump's list of potential Supreme Court justices.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters in Ashland, Kentucky, on Monday that "it's probably going to be close; I think there will be a big national, campaign rage". "If they vote for somebody who is going to change [legal] precedent, it could be a career-ending move".

Collins said she and fellow Republican Sen.

Three Democrats, all from states Trump won in 2016, supported Trump's prior pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.

"So I'm actually quite happy about it", he said.

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