Trump speaks with three more possible Supreme Court candidates

New York State Senate Dems to use U.S. Supreme Court opening to highlight abortion issue in local races

New York State Senate Dems to use U.S. Supreme Court opening to highlight abortion issue in local races

Getting a successor to Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his resignation last week, approved by the Senate before the current session ends this year is a crucial task for Trump.

Last week, Senator Ted Cruz, another Republican conservative, said he had urged Trump to consider nominating Lee, telling the "Michael Berry Show", a radio program, that Lee "would be a justice you could trust to always be faithful to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights".

"I think this confirmation will be especially important, because there are a lot of areas of constitutional law where there is uncertainty right now", he said.

The president interviewed four federal appeals court judges this week.

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.

Should all Democrats vote against a Trump nominee, Republicans will only be able to afford to lose one vote. Prior to her tenure on the court, Larsen served as an associate justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, beginning in 2015.


Also on Sunday she told CNN, "I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law".

"They are outstanding people, they are really incredible people in so many different ways, academically and every other way and I had a very, very interesting morning", he said, according to White House pool reports. Lee has been floated as a potential justice as well in the conservative press. Kethledge, a Michigan Law graduate who has been a Michigan-based appellate court judge for the past decade, would add academic diversity to a court steeped in the Ivy League. He was earlier a prosecutor in OH where he grew up, a US attorney in Kentucky, and a trial-court judge.

Another candidate, Amy Coney Barrett, defended her Catholic faith during her confirmation hearing when asked about the abortion law.

Democrats, meanwhile, have begun taking aim at members of Trump's Supreme Court shortlist by name.

But her short tenure on the bench may work against her.

During the third and final 2016 presidential debate, Trump made it clear that he would appoint justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade, leaving it up to each individual state to legalize abortion or make it illegal. But he told reporters on Friday that he would not question potential high-court nominees about their views on abortion, saying it was "inappropriate to discuss".

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