Sen. Cantwell weighs in on SCOTUS pick

Senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have voiced support for the legality of abortion, with Collins saying that she would find any nominee who opposes the Roe v. Wade decision to be "unacceptable".

Spokeswoman Sanders says Trump is seeking a candidate who has "right intellect" and the "right temperament" and will uphold the U.S. Constitution.

Collins, who is among senators being targeted by supporters of abortion rights ahead of the nomination, said in a separate Sunday appearance on ABC's "This Week" that a nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade would signal an "activist agenda" she doesn't want to see in a justice seated on the court.

So he already knows how anyone on the list will vote on abortion, meaning he doesn't have to ask their views on the issue.

"So 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 explained. Chief Justice John Roberts, for example, wrote a brief as a Department of Justice employee in 1990 that supported overturning the ruling But during his 2006 confirmation hearing before the Senate, he said the ruling was "settled as a precedent of the Court".

Federal appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett have gained the most interest from Trump and his team, said the person familiar with the selection process. "These are important moral questions, but you don't take a moral position and then use the criminal law to impose it on people who believe differently", Kaine said.

US President Donald Trump has appointed an Indian-American official, Raj Shah, to a key role in the contentious process of the appointment of the next justice of the Supreme Court, the White House announced on Monday.

Following a recent meeting with President Donald Trump about his upcoming Supreme Court pick, Sen. He has often served as a swing vote between the court's liberal and conservative justices.

"Well, I hope they keep thinking about it", Trump said of Democrats like Sen.

"I think we do need a pro-life justice, and I've always been in favor of that", Paul responded. "Is it fair to say that the president won't pick someone who has a record of opposition to Roe v. Wade?".

She said she believed it would be inappropriate to ask a nominee how they would vote on a future case. Republican and Democratic leaders traded accusations and barbed comments Thursday on the new vacancy, abortion rights and the debate to come.

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.

  • Jon Douglas