Hume: GOP Sens. Collins, Murkowski Key to Success of Trump SCOTUS Pick

Hume: GOP Sens. Collins, Murkowski Key to Success of Trump SCOTUS Pick

Hume: GOP Sens. Collins, Murkowski Key to Success of Trump SCOTUS Pick

Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left, are shown during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington on February 15. Republicans control the chamber by only a slim majority, making the views of moderates, including some Democrats, important.

He has the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican.

From the moment Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court last week, speculation has centered on whether his replacement would vote to overturn a woman's right to abortion. But during his Senate confirmation hearing, he said he accepts Roe v. Wade as "the law of the land". Susan Collins, Nelson noted, says she will not support a nominee who does not fully recognize the importance of judicial precedence, and "Roe v. Wade has been judicial precedent now going on 40 years".

"I actually saw him on television last night, where he said he would love the job". Mike Lee of Utah as he considers options for a Supreme Court opening.

Trump has said he would announce his nominee on July 9 and has reportedly been busy reading the writings and background material of some of the prospective candidates.

White House spokesman Raj Shah disclosed the conversations in a brief statement but did not provide any further details, such as the names of those who spoke with Trump.

While not discussing many details of her private conversation with the president, Collins told Raddatz she "suggested that he broaden his search beyond the list of 25 nominees", referring to the president's "List of 25" from which he has pledged to pick the new justice.

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"This is a very different Supreme Court discussion because everyone in the Senate who is going to vote on this knows this could change the balance of power". Kennedy often sided with more liberal justices on issues like abortion and gay rights. Both Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first pick to the high court, have indicated more broadly that they respect legal precedent.

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. That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution, and not reading into the Constitution language that doesn't explicitly appear.

The shortlist is widely rumored to include U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of IN; U.S. Appeals Court Judge Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania; U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland, who formerly clerked for Kennedy; U.S. Circuit Judge Raymond Kethledge of MI; and U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amul Thapar of Kentucky, according to the Washington Post.

His exit paved the way for Trump to nominate a second justice to the nation's top court.

Echoing Leo's view, Sen. "You shouldn't do that.' But I'm putting conservative people on", Trump also said.

"You don't overturn precedent unless there's a good reason", Graham said.

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