Sen. Susan Collins won't support SCOTUS nominee who'd overturn Roe v. Wade

GOP senator vows to reject SCOTUS nominee who is pro-life, would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade

A source familiar with the process said Friday that he has narrowed the list of 25 potential candidates to about five, but that he could consider as many as seven, including two women.

Collins said Sunday she hopes Trump will look beyond his current list of potential nominees, noting there are nominees on the current list for whom she would not vote.

"I think that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle know that this vote could be one of the key votes of their entire career", Cantwell said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court on Wednesday, giving Trump the opportunity to nominate a second justice and cement conservative control of the nation's highest court.

Leonard Leo - the anti-abortion Federalist Society executive vice president now on leave to advise the President on Supreme Court nominees, and the originator of Trump's campaign-era list of potential nominees - has been careful to note that names on the list have not taken a public stance on abortion.

"That's not a question I'll be asking them", he said.

"A number of judges (have told me) that good judges are always unhappy with some of their decisions but they make the right call regardless of their personal views".




"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade", Susan Collins told CNN's "State of the Union" program, referring to the 1973 landmark abortion decision.

In March 2017, Collins endorsed Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who replaced the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

The president told Fox News that he believes his nominee will get some support from Democrats.

"I believe very much that Roe v. Wade is settled law as it has been described by Chief Justice [John] Roberts", she said on ABC's "This Week". This puts Collins and Murkowski in the spotlight: their votes to confirm Mr. Trump's nominee may be crucial in the Senate.

Collins and a handful of other potential swing votes on the President's future nominee met with Trump Thursday. The Maine senator said she would only back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the 45-year-old Roe decision, which has always been an anathema to conservatives.

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

On Sunday, Leonard Leo, an outside adviser to Trump on judicial nominations, said he expected Trump to select a nominee who is mindful of precedent but who is also more "originalist and textualist". Even though McConnell changed Senate rules a year ago to allow confirmation by simple majority, if Democrats hold together, he can not afford defections.

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