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SCOTUS: Trump interviews senator as possible replacement for Kennedy

05 July 2018

Among the precedents that some are anxious the court could possibly reverse: the same-sex marriage law and the abortion case, Roe v. Wade.

President Donald Trump has said he will announce his nominee to the court on July 9.

The concern that Trump's nominee would be a rubber stamp and not an independent voice led U.S. Sen.

"I think he's absolutely brilliant, with the right temperament", McConnell said Saturday, but added that he had no idea whom Trump will pick.

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She also served as deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel, and clerked for David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and for former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Democratic politicians and liberal groups have said they assume that all those on Trump's list of potential candidates would overturn Roe v. Wade, given that Trump has said he will only consider such candidates. Even Leonard Leo of the conservative Federalist Society, who is advising Trump on his Court pick, has noted the importance of precedent. Gidley wouldn't say if the president has narrowed his choices.

What I want to see is a nominee who, regardless of his or her personal views on the very hard and contentious life issue, is going to respect precedent. It will also appear in Google and Twitter searches. They would also be "very likely" to back weakening President Barack Obama's 2010 law that expanded health care coverage to millions of Americans, he said. They were the only Democrats to do so.

If Trump succeeds in pushing through another pro-life justice, it could mean the end of Roe v. Wade and a rollback of America's abortion regime.

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Gorsuch restored a 5-4 conservative majority on the nine-member court.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told NBC's "Meet the Press" show he would not vote for a nominee who has made up their mind about specific cases, including Roe v Wade. Funny, GOP leaders have insisted all these years that abolishing Roe is what most Americans want. And I look forward to that. Though the court said park rangers had violated his free speech rights, the case was not about the right to abortion itself.

While Kennedy was a conservative, he proved to be a somewhat unpredictable "swing" vote over his long career. "Well, maybe someday it will be to the states".

"I got the feeling that he was still deliberating and had not yet reached a decision, and that this was genuine outreach on his part", Collins said.

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SCOTUS: Trump interviews senator as possible replacement for Kennedy