Supreme Court nomination has become a campaign issue

Wednesday, 04 Jul, 2018

In fact, in 2017, Neil Gorsuch - Trump's first Supreme Court pick who now sits on the court - said he would have "walked out the door" had Trump asked him to overturn Roe v. Wade because "that's not what judges do".

"The president listened very intently to what Lisa Murkowski and I said", Collins continued, saying she regarded his meeting with them as "genuine outreach" regarding the Supreme Court.

One of the candidates in a short list of 25 potential nominees announced by Trump during his campaign included Judge Amul Thapar, who is now a federal judge in Kentucky.

The court is split with five judges nominated by Republican presidents and four by Democrats, ruling on many cases along ideological lines. Cory Booker saying there should be no nominee until after Robert Mueller ends his Russian Federation probe.

Susan Collins (R-ME) coat hangers in an effort to push her to vote down any Supreme Court nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that made abortion legal in America. The White House has also yet to announce who will shepherd the nominee through the Senate confirmation process, acting as the nominee's "sherpa".

What I want to see is a nominee who, regardless of his or her personal views on the very hard and contentious life issue, is going to respect precedent.

Shah, who serves as principal deputy press secretary under Sarah Huckabee Sanders, "will oversee communications, strategy and messaging coordination with Capitol Hill allies", Sanders said in a statement.

"She also said that it's a firm precedent". So you're not just voting on whether you think Trump should have his nominee.

So whether or not Trump appoints another pro-life justice to the Court, Roe v. Wade might remain in place.

Hume said if Trump loses the support of Collins and Murkowski "it's hard to believe" the Republicans would "pick up any Democrats" to achieve a majority confirming the nominee. He will have four steadfastly liberal justices on his left and likely four deeply conservative ones to his right, including a second justice appointed by President Donald Trump.

Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and it's even closer because of the absence of ailing Sen.

"A nominee's position on whether or not they respect precedent will tell me a lot about whether or not they would overturn Roe v. Wade", she told ABC News' Martha Raddatz during an interview Sunday.

In the case of a 50-50 vote on the nominee, Vice President Mike Pence could cast the tie-breaking vote.

Roe has not been squarely challenged in recent years, so there has been no occasion for Chief Justice Roberts or Justices Alito or Gorsuch to vote on Roe one way or the other. Court watchers have been discussing the prospect of a conservative woman on the bench.

Trump added that he would meet with two or three more before his July 9 announcement. The appointments flipped the makeup of the nation's lower courts.