Sarah Huckabee Sanders Stonewalls On Abortion Questions For SCOTUS Nominee

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Stonewalls On Abortion Questions For SCOTUS Nominee

Kerry Wise
July 3, 2018

Trump has said he is focusing on up to seven potential candidates, including two women, to fill the vacancy of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote on the nine-member court.

In the same interview, which was taped Friday at the White House, the president said that he has been advised not to ask potential nominees about where they stand on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling on abortion.

"I think it's going to go very quickly", Trump said Sunday in a Fox News interview.

Collins spoke on ABC and CNN.

Still, Trump did not rule out the idea that his eventual pick could be instrumental in a future ruling that either reverses or guts Roe v. Wade, leaving it up to states whether to allow abortion.

"A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me", Collins said. 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. In an unusually direct appeal to voters, he said that to block "an ideological nominee", people should "tell your senators" to oppose anyone from Trump's list.

Napolitano continued: "I'll tell you why: Because the chief justice, though a practicing Catholic and pro-life himself, does not believe that fundamental changes should come about in the court, the court's decisions because of an election".

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Speaking Monday at an Anchorage news conference, Murkowski noted Kennedy's pivotal role on the court.

The White House is getting its team in place for the confirmation process for President Donald Trump's next Supreme Court pick.

Collins, a moderate Republican, claimed Roe v. Wade is "settled law" and emphasized her desire for the new Supreme Court justice to adhere to stare decisis, a legal doctrine that binds courts to precedent. "I think we'll have a lot of support".

With just a 51-49 Republican majority in the Senate, Trump can lose just two lawmakers, and one of the GOP senators, U.S. Sen.

"I want a judge that will apply the law to the facts of the case with fidelity to the Constitution", she said "Roe v. Wade is a constitutional right that is well-established, and no less an authority than Justice Roberts said that repeatedly at his confirmation hearing". "If you have somebody who has a record, for instance William Pryor, that it was an abomination, Roe v. Wade, that's clearly going to set off alarm bells", Wallace said.

Three Democrats, all from states Trump won in 2016, supported Trump's prior pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.