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Hume: GOP Sens. Collins, Murkowski Key to Success of Trump SCOTUS Pick

Hume: GOP Sens. Collins, Murkowski Key to Success of Trump SCOTUS Pick

The president spent the weekend at his Bedminster golf club, consulting with advisers, including White House counsel Don McGahn, as he considers his options to fill the vacancy with a justice who has the potential to be part of precedent-shattering court decisions on abortion, health care, gay marriage and other issues.

Making his second Supreme Court appointment less than 18 months into his presidency will let Trump cement conservative control of the court for years to come.

"No, I don't think it's fair to say that, and here's why".

"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". But during his Senate confirmation hearing, he said he accepts Roe v. Wade as "the law of the land". Collins-she said in a Sunday interview on ABC's This Week that she could only vote for a judge that respects precedent.

Gorsuch replaced a staunch conservative on the high court, the late Antonin Scalia, so he did not significantly alter the direction of the court. In 2002, according to Talking Points Memo, Collins said: "The Republican party should be as synonymous with protecting a woman's right to choose as the Democratic party is with expanded government or raising taxes".

Kennedy revealed last week that he's retiring from his post after 30 years in office, raising concerns that Trump' new pick could potentially reverse the Supreme Court decisions on Roe V. Wade, which legalized access to safe abortions, and Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriages.

Javier Mascherano retires after Argentina World Cup exit
For me it's very painful to talk about the problems Argentina are facing because it means having to criticise Lionel Messi . However, the little detail that makes all the difference is that Uruguay are much better in defending than Portugal.

"A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me", Collins said.

"To allow states to be able to go back to criminalizing women's freedom to make their own healthcare decisions, I think would be devastating", Kaine said.

In a fast-acting move meant to position the GOP for the midterm elections, President Donald Trump announced that he will unveil his new Supreme Court justice pick on July 9 - less than two weeks after Justice Anthony Kennedy unveiled his plans to retire. Collins said she would only back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the Roe decision, which has always been anathema to conservatives. "I'm actually told that I shouldn't be". And the senator still has yet to explicitly say that a prospective justice's hostility to Roe could sway her vote, per the New York Times. So far, Murkowski has stayed relatively mum on the topic, saying only that she would "carefully scrutinize the qualifications of judicial nominees" and would cast an "independent vote".

"You never know how that's going to turn out", Trump said.

Collins, however, defended her record.


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