Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Rhetoric heats up over pending Supreme Court justice nomination

Rhetoric heats up over pending Supreme Court justice nomination

"I'll be meeting with two or three more, and we'll make a decision on the United States Supreme Court - the new justice - that'll be made over the next few days and we'll be announcing it on Monday", he said. In an unusually direct appeal to voters, he said that to block "an ideological nominee, " people should tell their senators to oppose anyone from Trump's list.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer declared Monday that abortion rights are hanging in the balance.

NARAL Pro-Choice is also running a full page ad in all major ME newspapers, and digital ads specifically targeting Collins.

The president's words come amid concern from abortion rights supporters that he will nominate a conservative judge who would vote to overturn the landmark case that legalized the procedure nationwide. "You shouldn't do that.' But I'm putting conservative people on", Trump also said.

One Twitter user posted a picture of her Amazon receipt for 100 coat hangers with the caption: "Sending these to Senator Collins as a reminder of what her legacy could be".

On Monday, the president reportedly interviewed federal appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Amul Thapar and Raymond Kethledge.

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 previous year.

"A candidate who would overturn Roe would not be acceptable", said Collins, "because I believe that they have demonstrated a disrespect for the vital principle of stare decisis".

And as a reminder of the horrific lengths people have previously gone to in order to perform unsafe abortions when the practice has not been available, abortion rights activists have been sending Senator Collins coat hangers to remind her of what they say is at stake, The Cut reported. Justin Clark, director of the Office of Public Liaison, will oversee White House coordination with outside groups.

He consulted with advisers over the weekend at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club, and the White House has mobilized a team to manage the nomination process. He said Friday that he was focusing on five to seven candidates whom he planned to interview this week.

"There are not a lot of nominees on that list that many Democrats will support", said Tobias, noting that any candidate backed by the Federalist Society is likely comfortable overturning Roe v. Wade. 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.

Judge Kavanaugh sits on Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and is a former clerk to Justice Kennedy.

Sen. Claire McCaskill questions Secretary of Defense James Mattis about a new report detailing procurement violations involving a defense contractor at a hearing held by the Senate Armed Services Committee, April 26, 2018, in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie.

While appearing on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Collins framed hostility towards the Roe v. Wade outcome as a form of "activism" that disrespects judicial precedent.

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