I 'probably won't' ask Supreme Court nominees about Roe v. Wade

Joshua Roberts  Reuters

Joshua Roberts Reuters

By Christopher Burns, BDN Staff •.

White House counsel Don McGahn, who has been eyeing the White House exits amid tensions with Trump in recent months, will oversee the "selection and overall confirmation process" for the President's second Supreme Court nominee, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday, signaling he will remain White House counsel for at least several more months.

Like the others, I too believe that the new nominee will be female - and I even have a potential candidate in mind: Judge Margaret Ryan.

Collins has publicly stated that she won't vote in favor of a Supreme Court Justice nominee who is willing to overturn Roe v. Wade but also downplayed concerns that reversing the historic decision is under threat by the Trump administration.

Justice Anthony Kennedy announced last week that he was retiring at the end of of July, triggering fears that his GOP-appointed replacement would lead the court in overruling the historic Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. Overturning that 1973 ruling would not make abortion illegal, but it would allow individual states to ban the procedure.

Abortion is not the only key issue Nelson worries about with a new Supreme Court justice.

Collins explained her reasons why on Sunday during an interview on ABC's "This Week".




Trump said he will name his nominee for the court by next Monday. She emphasized that there were certain people on Trump's candidate list that she wouldn't vote for, though she didn't specify who those people were.

Collins said Sunday she hopes Trump will look beyond his current list of potential nominees, noting there are nominees on the current list for whom she would not vote.

Since each Supreme Court justice needs 51 votes to be confirmed, Democrats would only need one Republican to side against the nominee, assuming no Democrats break rank.

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". Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a campaign-season call to action for voters to prevent such a nominee by putting "pressure on the Senate", which confirms judicial nominees.

Over the weekend, President Trump told Fox News he would "probably not" ask his nominee about how they would vote on the abortion law. She said she wouldn't vote for someone who would overturn Roe v. Wade.

"A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me, because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don't want to see a judge have". On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. criticized the record of U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of IN, who is one of seven judges considered to be front-runners.

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