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Key GOP senator says no Roe v. Wade opponent for high court

Dem senator 'anxious to hear' if Supreme Court pick thinks Trump can pardon himself Greg Nash
Kenny Thornton | 03 July, 2018, 02:57

He concludes, "If you do not want a Supreme Court Justice who will overturn Roe v. Wade and undo the Affordable Care Act, tell your senators they should not vote for a candidate from Mr. Trump's preordained list".

"That will happen, and that'll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life [anti-abortion] justices on the court", Trump said at a presidential debate against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

President Trump has announced that he will name a candidate to replace retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9.

Abortion is not the only key issue he worries about with a new Supreme Court justice. 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.

Susan Collins said she wouldn't support a Trump Supreme Court nominee who'd demonstrated "hostility" to Roe. Susan Collins (R-Maine) remains on board with the president's selection, even though she has said she's ruled out multiple candidates due to their potential stance on the landmark Roe vs. Wade case.

Spokesman Raj Shah will take leave from his role in the press office to work full time on "communications, strategy and messaging coordination with Capitol Hill allies". "Academically, in every way", Trump said. Gorsuch provided the deciding vote in a number of conservative decisions this past Supreme Court term, including a ruling in favor of faith-based "crisis pregnancy centers" that counsel women against abortion. The White House had no immediate comment on the report.

Thailand cave search: Divers close in on missing soccer team
Narongsak Osatanakorn, governor of Chiang Rai province, said the 13 were being rescued, adding: "We found them safe". The Thai SEALs and later their support teams had been diving around the clock since 2 a.m.

Collins and fellow senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the only two nominally pro-choice Republicans in the Senate.

Collins also said Sunday that she has urged the president to expand his list of potential nominees, as there are a number of people on the list she believes do not respect judicial precedent.

During his 2016 campaign and presidency, Trump embraced pro-life groups and vowed to appoint federal judges who will favor efforts to roll back abortion rights.

CBS News reported that Judges Amy Comey Barrett, 46, and Brett Kavanaugh, 53, are at the top of the president's list of 25 possible nominees.

"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.

Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and it's even closer because of the absence of ailing Sen.

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