President Trump must walk a fine line in selecting a Supreme Court justice as he pursues a route that will result in confirmation in the narrowly divided Senate ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, and Collins seems to enjoy the leverage her critical role in that process brings.
Trump has said he will announce his Supreme Court nominee on July 9. Such a move would likely fire up Trump supporters eager for a rightward shift on divisive social issues such as abortion and gay rights.
Democrats have urged Collins and Sen. There may be other justices who share that view, and if so, Collins and Murkowski could support the president's nominee in any event.
Abortion rights is emerging as a litmus test for the next Supreme Court nominee, with Democrats and at least one moderate Republican declaring they wouldn't support a nominee who opposes the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that established a woman's right to abortion. In an op-ed in The New York Times, Schumer said "the next nominee will obfuscate and hide behind the shopworn judicial dodge, 'I will follow settled law'".
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She argued she was acting as a follower of Jesus Christ; Thapar said that provided no excuse for breaching the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Coney Barrett, who sits on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, is just 46 and would give Trump an opportunity to leave a long-lasting imprint on the court.
Getting a successor to Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his resignation last week, approved by the Senate before the current session ends this year is a crucial task for Trump.
Justin Clark, in his position as director of the Office of Public Liaison, will oversee outreach with key constituencies, coalitions, grass-roots organizations and allies, the White House said. He consulted with advisers during a weekend at his Bedminster golf club, and the White House has mobilized a team to manage the nomination and confirmation process.
Joan Larsen, a former Michigan Supreme Court justice who was named to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals previous year, and fellow 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Raymond Kethledge, are reportedly among the handful of top candidates being considered by Trump.
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If Sen. John McCain's aggressive brain cancer diagnosis keeps him from traveling, it would only take one GOP defection to potentially block the nomination. "Someone who tries to keep an open mind and perspective nominees like Brett Cavanaugh, Amy Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman are people who have not specifically said they oppose Roe vs. Wade and their writings and their work show that they are very fair". The ads will start appearing on Wednesday.
Collins-she said in a Sunday interview on ABC's This Week that she could only vote for a judge that respects precedent.
The Republican has been sent coat hangers by pro-abortion activists. Vice President Mike Pence can be called on to break a tie.
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