Two federal appeals judges top Trump's list for Supreme Court

Two federal appeals judges top Trump's list for Supreme Court

In the wake of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement - and in light of Trump's vow to replace him with someone who would overturn Roe v. Wade - all eyes are on Susan Collins, a Republican senator with pro-choice leanings who could help reject an anti-abortion nominee.

Eager to build suspense, Trump wouldn't divulge who he's talking to in advance of his big announcement, set for July 9.

The other top potential nominees are Thomas Hardiman, who serves on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Raymond Kethledge of the Cincinnati, Ohio-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; and Amul Thapar, whom Trump named to the 6th Circuit. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.) and Sen.

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

Speaking Monday at an Anchorage news conference, Murkowski noted Kennedy's pivotal role on the court.

The White House also announced Monday that the overall confirmation process would be led by White House counsel Donald McGahn, as it was during the process that led to the successful confirmation past year of Justice Neil Gorsuch. At her confirmation hearing last fall, Democrats peppered Barrett on whether her Roman Catholic faith would interfere in her ability to become an appellate court judge.

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Sanders also announced that Justin Clark, the director of the White House's office of public liaison, will oversee the administration's outreach to "key constituencies, coalitions, grassroots organizations and allies".

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

"Teams of attorneys from the White House Counsel's Office and Department of Justice are working to ensure the president has all the information he needs to choose his nominee", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

His republican opponent, Corey Stewart, has called on the president to nominate someone who will "move the court further in a conservative direction that respects the Constitution and our freedoms". 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".

Both Chief Justice John Roberts and Gorsuch have indicated broadly that they respect legal precedent. That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution, and not reading into the Constitution language that doesn't explicitly appear.

Walker said that if it comes down to the vice president casting a tie-breaking vote, he thinks it could tear the country apart.

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