Trump’s Judicial Adviser Names Four Potential Supreme Court Nominees

Trump’s Judicial Adviser Names Four Potential Supreme Court Nominees

Trump said previous year he'd asked for input from the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation on potential Supreme Court justices; Casey called them "hard-right organizations".

President Donald Trump interviewed four prospective Supreme Court justices Monday and planned to speak with a few more, as he powered forward with a speedy selection process to fill the fresh vacancy. He will make his announcement on July 9.

For several reasons, Collins should be comfortable with President Trump's process and his eventual choice.

Scott released a video ad Monday that deemed the Democrat a "rubber stamp" for President Barack Obama's judicial nominees and noted that he "voted against Supreme Court Justice [Neil] Gorsuch." referring to Trump's 2017 appointee.

White House spokesman Raj Shah disclosed the conversations.

At least one Republican, Susan Collins, has said that she would not vote for a nominee who supports the overturning of Roe v. Wade, a ruling that struck down laws restricting abortions.

"I think it's questionable we should be considering a nominee from a president who has a history of demanding these loyalty tests and we could be responsible for participating in something that could undermine that investigation", Booker told the committee.

"I'm going to have an in-depth discussion with the nominee and I believe very much that Roe v. Wade is settled law, as it has been described by Chief Justice Roberts".

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However, the senator later said she would be looking to precedent in her vote on Supreme Court nominees, suggesting Roe v. Wade would have an impact on her decision.

Collins says a nominee who demonstrated "hostility" to the Roe decision "would not be acceptable to me". "He has before him an opportunity to reach across the aisle and work in good faith to find a nominee who is within the legal mainstream and recognizes the needs to protect the rights of all Americans".

Spokeswoman Sanders says Trump is seeking a candidate who has "right intellect" and the "right temperament" and will uphold the U.S. Constitution. That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution, and not reading into the Constitution language that doesn't explicitly appear.

"What I want to see is a nominee who, regardless of his or her personal views on the very hard and contentious life issue, is going to respect precedent regardless", added Collins.

Trump met with Kavanaugh, Barrett, Thapar and Kethledge on Monday, the Washington Post reported, citing three people briefed on the meetings.

Her traditional Catholic beliefs became a flashpoint last September during her confirmation hearing in the Senate.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate and have enough time to confirm a candidate before the midterm elections in November, when a third of the seats in the Senate will be contested.

Associated Press reporters Mark Sherman, Alan Fram and Hope Yen contributed.

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