President Appoints Four (4) New Supreme Court Judges

Sen. Joe Manchin III in Washington on May 9

Scott released a video ad Monday that deemed the Democrat a "rubber stamp" for President Barack Obama's judicial nominees and noted that he "voted against Supreme Court Justice [Neil] Gorsuch." referring to Trump's 2017 appointee. 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.

President Trump is unlikely to ask his Supreme Court nominee their position on overturning Roe v. Wade, he told Fox News Sunday morning, but said that abortion rights "could very well end up" being determined by the states following Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.

"I believe very much that Roe v. Wade is settled law", she said of the landmark decision prohibiting states from outlawing abortion at certain points during pregnancy.

Trump has said he would announce his nominee on July 9 and has reportedly been busy reading the writings and background material of some of the prospective candidates.

Before Kennedy's retirement, the four judges who were appointed by Democratic presidents had an average age of 71.5 years, nearly five years more than the five judges appointed by Republicans.

That was a reference to Roe, where the Court in 1973 invented a constitutional right to abortion.

Collins made headlines this weekend when she told CNN she wouldn't support a nominee who "demonstrated hostility" toward Roe v. Wade.

Democratic voters will support Republicans because of ICE criticism Coney Barrett, Kavanaugh among candidates who met with Trump: report Trump administration recommends against allowing China Mobile access to USA market MORE on Tuesday spoke to another three possible Supreme Court nominees, bringing the total number to seven.

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White House Counsel Don McGahn speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 22, 2018.

"I think the person that is chosen will be outstanding".

Assuming Trump nominates the kind of justice he has said he intends to nominate, Nelson said he is optimistic the Senate can block it even though Democrats lack enough votes. That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution, and not reading into the Constitution language that doesn't explicitly appear. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a member of the Judiciary Committee, said he didn't think Trump would be overly focused on the Roe ruling.

"I want to be clear that a vote for any of the proposed nominees on Trump's list is a vote to overturn Roe v. Wade", said Ezra Levin, co-founder of the protest group Indivisible.

The Senate would have to confirm the nominee.

According to the Washington Post, Trump met with Kethledge and three others - Brett M. Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Amul R. Thapar - about the position on Monday. John McCain of Arizona.

In the case of a 50-50 vote on the nominee, Vice President Mike Pence could cast the tie-breaking vote.

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