Trump names Indian-American to key role in appointment of SC justice

Trump names Indian-American to key role in appointment of SC justice

President Donald Trump shouldn't pick someone for the Supreme Court who doesn't respect legal precedent, including the "settled" law legalizing abortion, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME 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", Sanders said. "We're going to give you a great one".

With Trump committed to picking from a list of 25 potential nominees that he compiled with guidance from conservatives, Schumer said any of them would be "virtually certain" to favor overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that affirmed women's right to abortion. At the same time, Trump predicted a "vicious" debate over the nominee.

Deseret News reported Tuesday that Lee had been interviewed over the phone by the president but said the senator would not detail the contents of his private conversation with Trump.

This year, however, even the Court's anxiously awaited rulings on the Trump administration's "travel ban", the free-speech rights of crisis pregnancy centers, the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering, and the ability of public-sector unions to require financial support from non-members faded quickly from the conversation.

Lee is backed for the nomination by LevinTV host Mark Levin as well as Sen.

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Bavarian state premier Markus Soeder too appeared to indicate a willingness to cut Seehofer loose for the sake of the coalition. The CSU's leadership were tight-lipped as they arrived at their party's Munich headquarters to discuss Merkel's deals.

As First Things readers nearly certainly know, now-Judge Barrett became something of a celebrity, even a symbol, during her confirmation hearings past year before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Trump on Monday said he interviewed four prospective nominees, with more interviews to come. Asked about the call, White House spokesman Raj Shah said only, "Yesterday, the President spoke on the phone with Sen". The President said he would interview "two or three more" candidates before announcing his pick for the nine-member Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS) on July 9. Trump, however, has previously thrown his support behind fierce women like U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

In this file photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, June 1, 2017, is seen during an official group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.

Democrats only need one Republican to side with them in blocking such a nominee and abortion-rights leaning Collins could help. But he told reporters Friday that he would not question potential high-court nominees about their views on abortion, saying it was "inappropriate to discuss".

President Trump must walk a fine line in selecting a Supreme Court justice as he pursues a route that will result in confirmation in the narrowly divided Senate ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, and Collins seems to enjoy the leverage her critical role in that process brings.

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