Collins Says She'll Reject 'Activist Agenda' Supreme Court Candidates

Trump says he is considering two women for Supreme Court - Philly

Trump says he is considering two women for Supreme Court - Philly

Trump said he has narrowed down the list to about five, including two women, and said he intends to announce the nominee on July 9 before he heads to Europe for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting and a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

CNN host Jake Tapper asked Collins about how President Donald Trump expressed desire to nominate justices who may vote to overturn Roe V. Wade if offered the opportunity.

President Trump said on Fox News on Sunday that he expects his next Supreme Court pick "to go very quickly".

Collins is among small group of USA senators whose support is seen as crucial to securing the confirmation of a new Supreme Court Justice following the retirement announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Collins said Trump told her he wouldn't be asking prospective justices their opinion on the 1973 case that legalized abortion.

"I like them all", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Republicans control the Senate, which must confirm any nominee, by a 51-49 majority, making the views of moderates such as Collins, and some Democrats, crucial to assembling the 51 votes needed for confirmation.

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If he's telling teams not to pitch him, that tells me he's narrowed his choice to two destinations", Kellerman said. I've got a couple sources that I've trusted for many years that have never let me down.

"I believe very much that Roe v. Wade is settled law", Collins said on Sunday. "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", Collins said on CNN's "State of the Union".

"Outside of war and peace, of course, the most important decision you make is the selection of a Supreme Court judge, if you get it", Trump said.

Justice Anthony Kennedy announced last week he would be retiring at the end of July.

The president told Fox News that he believes his nominee will get some support from Democrats.

Collins added that Chief Justice John Roberts has stated in the past that he considers Roe v. Wade settled law.

That may be a moot distinction, given as Trump's list of prospective nominees was crafted with the assistance of the Federalist Society, a conservative legal think tank that is deeply hostile to reproductive rights.

But Collins has in the past bucked her party and the president, notably with her opposition in 2017 to Trump's education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos, and to attempts to repeal Barack Obama's healthcare law. "And I ask probing questions to try to determine whether they are going to be an activist judge with an agenda, which I don't want on either the left or the right", the senator added. She said she wasn't comfortable with everyone on the list, and that there were names on it that she had not vetted. Roe v. Wade is a constitutional right that is well-established. While the latter has stayed relatively mum, the former has begun to speak up about her principles as they relate to this upcoming process, claiming that she would not support a Supreme Court pick who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

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