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

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

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Monday said the person who replaces Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court should be in the same mold as the retiring justice.

Also on that list was Bob Young, a retired Michigan Supreme Court justice who briefly ran for U.S. Senate before taking on a role as Michigan State University's general counsel.

Judges on the list were selected by Trump and White House counsel Don McGahn on the strength of their conservative credentials, which appear in all cases to include an opposition to abortion rights and skepticism over same-sex marriage and other gay rights.

NARAL Pro-Choice is also running a full page ad in all major ME newspapers, and digital ads specifically targeting Collins. There may be other justices who share that view, and if so, Collins and Murkowski could support the president's nominee in any event.

Trump said he interviewed four potential nominees to the Court on Monday, according to the Post.

He said nominees have not taken a position on issues publicly that are likely to come before them on the court.

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Sources say Collins specifically opposes federal Appeals Court Judge William Pryor, who once called Roe "an abomination".

Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeTrump to announce Supreme Court pick July 9; two women on short list The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance - Expensive and brutal: Inside the Supreme Court fight ahead Senate passes mammoth farm bill MORE (R), who has openly acknowledged he would accept an appointment to the high court.

McGahn will lead the overall selection and confirmation process, the White House said Monday, repeating the role he played in the successful confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch past year. Susan Collins, Nelson noted, says she will not support a nominee who does not fully recognize the importance of judicial precedence, and "Roe v. Wade has been judicial precedent now going on 40 years". Justin Clark, the director of the Office of Public Liaison, will oversee White House coordination with outside groups. A senior White House official said that Trump did not conduct any interviews with potential Supreme Court picks over the weekend. Both Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first pick to the high court, have indicated more broadly that they respect legal precedent.

Walker said that if it comes down to the vice president casting a tie-breaking vote, he thinks it could tear the country apart. Trump said while running for president that he would nominate "pro-life" justices to the Court, but it's not exactly clear how pro-life they have to be.

Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and it's even closer because of the absence of ailing Sen.

NARAL Pro-choice America has purchased ads targeting Sen. That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution as compared to broader rulings such as Roe.

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