Trump says he's met 4 Supreme Court justice candidates

Sen. Joe Manchin III in Washington on May 9

Sen. Joe Manchin III in Washington on May 9

Two Northwestern alumnae are on President Donald Trump's list of possible replacements for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

"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, established law", Collins told CNN, also adding that the president had said he would not be asking nominees their opinion on the landmark case.

Murkowski, from Alaska, and U.S. Sen. "If chosen as the nominee, she will be the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and to strike down preexisting conditions protections in the ACA".

Over the weekend, President Trump told Fox News he would "probably not" ask his nominee about how they would vote on the abortion law.

The White House also announced Monday that spokesman Raj Shah is taking a leave of absence from his position to work full time on overseeing the communications effort associated with the upcoming Supreme Court pick.

He co-authored a book with Army veteran Michael Erwin of The Positivity Project published previous year called "Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude" in which he describes himself as an introvert.

"The bottom line: Judge Barrett has given every indication that she will be an activist judge on the court", Schumer said.

"Teams of attorneys from the White House Counsel's Office and Department of Justice are working to ensure the president has all the information he needs to choose his nominee", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Trump is thought now to be looking for a candidate whose conservative credentials will please his political base and who is young enough to serve on the high court for decades. During the 2016 campaign, he predicted the law would be overturned during his presidency.

"I interviewed and met with four potential justices of our great Supreme Court". She said Tuesday he has "two or three more that he'll interview this week and then make a decision". That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution, and not reading into the Constitution language that doesn't explicitly appear.

Sources say Collins specifically opposes federal Appeals Court Judge William Pryor, who once called Roe "an abomination".

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.

Walker said that if it comes down to the vice president casting a tie-breaking vote, he thinks it could tear the country apart.

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