Sen. Collins says Roe v. Wade is off-limits for Trump's SCOTUS pick

Sen. Collins says Roe v. Wade is off-limits for Trump's SCOTUS pick

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have already spoken to the president about his pending decision.

The president told Fox News that he believes his nominee will get some support from Democrats. Republican and Democratic leaders traded accusations and barbed comments Thursday on the new vacancy, abortion rights and the debate to come.

Collins is among small group of US 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. "It has been described as a constitutional right for 45 years and was reaffirmed 26 years ago".

Collins did not elaborate on specific judges she had ruled out.

The senator said she was "glad to hear" five additional names had been added to the list.

When Trump campaigned for the presidency, he was adamant about his stance on abortion rights. But he told reporters on Friday that he would not question potential high-court nominees about their views on abortion, saying it was "inappropriate to discuss". "And I got the feeling that he was still deliberating and had not yet reached a decision and that this was genuine outreach on his part".

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It will continue to support rebels in eastern Ukraine, as well as President Bashar Assad and Iranian troops in Syria. The meeting would allow the leaders to cut through "political noise" about alleged Russian collusion, Bolton said.

"You never know how that's going to turn out", Trump said. That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution as compared to broader rulings such as Roe. They said it's only fair after Republicans refused to hold a vote on the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland before the 2016 election. "I care deeply about who serves on the court".

"Trump ran on a platform of anti-choice judges and the promise of overturning Roe v. Wade, so it's hard to imagine how someone would be on that list who he didn't believe was anti-choice", said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond who focuses on federal judicial selection.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on NBC's Meet The Press that he's "pro-life" but that "one of the concepts that really means a lot in America is stare decisis". "I also suggested that he broaden his search beyond the list of 25 nominees".

With Republicans holding only a 51-49 majority in the Senate, Trump's next Supreme Court pick has a narrow path toward confirmation, making the votes of moderates like Collins and U.S. Sen. Even though McConnell changed Senate rules previous year to allow confirmation by simple majority, if Democrats hold together, he can not afford defections. In the instance of a 50-50 tie, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote.

"I told [Trump] that I was looking for a nominee that would demonstrate a respect for precedent, a long-standing and vital tenet of our judicial system", Collins said Sunday on ABC.

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