Trump’s Judicial Adviser Names Four Potential Supreme Court Nominees

03 July 2018, 11:14 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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Nearly every Republican in the Senate, which will confirm the successful nominee, is expected to vote with Trump as a matter of course.

In an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures, Trump said his nominee to replace Kennedy will be "conservative", but he said he "probably" won't ask his pick whether he or she supports overturning Roe v. Wade.

The president's words come amid concern from abortion rights supporters that he will nominate a conservative judge who would vote to overturn the landmark case that legalized the procedure nationwide.

And while several Republican-led states have passed aggressive regulations and would likely be emboldened by a more conservative court, there's no guarantee how the future Supreme Court will rule.

"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", Collins said. Collins called the ruling "settled law", pointing out that it was reaffirmed under the Fourteenth Amendment in the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey ruling.

Such a judge, she said, "would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda". The Maine senator said she would only back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the 45-year-old Roe decision, which has always been an anathema to conservatives.

The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has given President Donald Trump an unprecedented opportunity to sway the high court for decades, as Kennedy has often served as the panel's crucial swing vote on a plethora of issues.

Trump said he expects to meet with two or three additional candidates, and that an announcement is planned for next Monday.

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"You never know how that's going to turn out", Trump said.

But the eventual nominee already faces a hurdle: Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, and Sen.

"The Senate will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy's successor this fall", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said.

In fact, in 2017, Neil Gorsuch - Trump's first Supreme Court pick who now sits on the court - said he would have "walked out the door" had Trump asked him to overturn Roe v. Wade because "that's not what judges do".

"No, I don't think it's fair to say that, and here's why". A pro-life woman on our nation's highest court will be a living rebuke to those who falsely equate abortion with women's empowerment.

After he won the election, Trump continued to say the judges he would appoint would be "pro-life" judges and that if Roe was overturned, the question of abortion would be settled by individual states.



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