Trump could pick Utah senator to fill Supreme Court seat

Trump could pick Utah senator to fill Supreme Court seat

Justice Kennedy is reviled by many of Mr. Trump's supporters for voting to uphold access to abortion, limit the death penalty and expand gay rights.

The announcement of Kennedy's retirement on Wednesday sent shockwaves through Washington and constituted a victory for Trump, who will now choose Kennedy's replacement pending confirmation from the Republican-controlled Senate.

Last year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used the same tactic to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court with just 51 votes - instead of the 60 that would have normally been necessary to overcome a filibuster.

"When Senator Collins evaluates judges, she always looks at their judicial temperament; qualifications; experience; and respect for precedent, the rule of law, and the Constitution", Collins spokeswoman Annie Clarke said via email.

Trump met on Thursday with a group of six senators - three Republicans and three Democrats - to discuss the court vacancy, the White House said in a statement. "That was not created by senators here", she said.

What's becoming clear, though, is that to win over some of the senators, the administration will need to steer away from a nominee with widely and publicly shared personal views on abortion or overturning Roe vs. Wade. She played a critical role in preventing a Republican effort to withhold federal funding from Planned Parenthood in 2015 and has repeatedly voted against congressional legislation to restrict abortions.

Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said calls from her group's activists to Senate offices in the 24 hours after Kennedy's retirement announcement Wednesday were three times the volume of the calls that resulted immediately after Neil M. Gorsuch was nominated previous year to replace the late Antonin Scalia. "We certainly think she will hear from our members ... and she should take those words to heart, both from a political and from an ethical perspective". He's the only Republican senator on the ballot representing a state that Hillary Clinton won. "We believe that's a really important piece of this puzzle along with a couple of other senators".

Groups that favor abortion rights have began flooding Senate offices with phone calls and are widening the universe of targeted Republicans beyond Collins and Murkowski to Sen.

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Once again, Trump will draw this time from a list of 25 prospective candidates that was first established during the campaign and updated last fall, with advice from Leo and other conservatives.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME, above on Capitol Hill in April, and Alaska Sen.

Maya Rupert, senior director for policy at the Center for Reproductive Rights, said she was hopeful that Collins would protect women's health.

Lisa Murkowski will be the target of intense lobbying as President Trump is expected to put forward a pick who would shift the Supreme Court in a more conservative direction. Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, says such an approach will likely have the effect of repealing Roe v. Wade, probably in stages. "As I said, if the president wants to meet with me, I'm ready to participate and advocate for North Dakota".

But: Manchin is also one of the Democratic senators with the strongest prospects to get reelected in Trump country, even though West Virginia is very much Trump country.

Collins, who joined the Senate in 1997, been consistent in this regard. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, and Susan Collins, Maine, will nearly certainly be needed for Trump's eventual nominee to be confirmed, making them the most influential senators in the battle to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced Wednesday that he is retiring.

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