How an Alaska Senator Could Make or Break Trump's Supreme Court Plans

Meanwhile, the Senate's top Democrat tried Monday to rally public opposition to any Supreme Court pick by President Donald Trump who'd oppose abortion rights, issuing a striking campaign season call to action for voters to prevent such a nominee by putting "pressure on the Senate". A source familiar with the process said Friday that he has narrowed the list of 25 potential candidates to about five, but that he could consider as many as seven, including two women. Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME told CNN's State of the Union. The 1973 ruling legalized abortion across America.

"She also said that it's a firm precedent". "So I think what he said as the candidate may not have been informed by the legal advice that he now has that it would be inappropriate for him to ask a nominee how he or she would rule on a specific issue".

CNN host Jake Tapper pointed to criticisms on the left suggesting Collins could be "played" by supporting conservative nominees who could potentially still vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, even if they hadn't "demonstrated hostility" to the program in the past.

Manchin has already warned the White House against an overtly anti-abortion nominee.

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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".

When Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the US Supreme Court last Wednesday, he did more than just create a historically significant opening on the highest court - he also indirectly upended the way advertising will be prioritized for a large chunk of the final stretch of the 2018 midterm elections. 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.

In order to determine her vote, Collins told Raddatz she's "going to have an in-depth discussion with the nominee". "If he picks someone who is hardcore on Roe v. Wade or hardcore on repealing health care that's a bigger lift". 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.

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

"I am happy to say here that there is at least some good news, because it turns out that there is a constitutional loophole that allows Democrats to - I'm obviously lying here, there is no good news". But during his Senate confirmation hearing, he said he accepts Roe v. Wade as "the law of the land".

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