Why Trump Will Appoint a Woman to the Supreme Court

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On Sunday, Leonard Leo, an outside adviser to Trump on judicial nominations, said he expected Trump to select a nominee who is mindful of precedent but who is also more "originalist and textualist".

"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v Wade", Collins told CNN's State of the Union, "because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy would not include a respect for established decisions, for established law, and I believe that is a fundamental tenet of our judicial system".

Scott released a video ad Monday that deemed the Democrat a "rubber stamp" for President Barack Obama's judicial nominees and noted that he "voted against Supreme Court Justice [Neil] Gorsuch." referring to Trump's 2017 appointee.

"Well, I hope they keep thinking about it", Trump said of Democrats like Sen.

Senate Republicans are promising a confirmation vote before the November midterm elections.

President Donald Trump interviewed four prospective Supreme Court justices Monday and planned to speak with a few more, as he powered forward with a speedy selection process to fill the fresh vacancy.

Gorsuch replaced a staunch conservative on the high court, the late Antonin Scalia, so he did not significantly alter the direction of the court.

Recently the court ruled, 5-4, in favour of the Trump administration's ban people from eight countries visiting the United States, which opponents characterised as a religious ban on Muslims even though it applied to Venezuela and North Korea.

Speaking from the White House Monday afternoon, President Trump revealed he met with four potential nominees for the Supreme Court earlier in the day.

"I'm going to have an in-depth conversation with the nominee and I believe very much that Roe v. Wade is settled law as it has been described by Chief Justice [John] Roberts", Collins said. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, moderate Republicans who support access to abortion services and aren't up for re-election, making it less likely either will feel pressure to be in lockstep with the polarizing president.

Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement last week, was often the swing vote on the Supreme Court and voted to upheld Roe in multiple instances.

"But", he told Maria Bartiromo, "I'm putting conservative people on".

"What's important in addition to increasing diversity is how that person would actually interpret law", Chu said. "And if the president nominates someone who puts a line in the sand, not in his or her hearing, but at some point in the past, it will give the Democrats ammunition to go against the president". "You're voting on whether that nominee is going to change precedent", said Cantwell.

Collins said she and fellow Republican Sen.

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