Sarah Huckabee Sanders Stonewalls On Abortion Questions For SCOTUS Nominee

Arturo Kim
July 4, 2018

With Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, President Trump will be given a second opportunity to nominate a new justice.

Senators take note: BIG majorities want the next Supreme Court justice to favor limiting the amount of money corporations can spend on political campaigns. He has often served as a swing vote between the court's liberal and conservative justices. Trump said past year he'd asked for input from the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation on potential Supreme Court justices; Casey called them "hard-right organizations". The White House has also yet to announce who will shepherd the nominee through the Senate confirmation process, acting as the nominee's "sherpa".

Moderate Maine Republican Sen. There may be other justices who share that view, and if so, Collins and Murkowski could support the president's nominee in any event.

"I'm going to pick someone who is outstanding", he said.

More than 6 in 10 US voters, 63 percent, said in the Quinnipiac University Poll that they agreed with the decision, more than twice as much as the 31 percent who disagreed.

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.

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 a year ago.

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"I can't imagine the president asking the nominee about Roe v. Wade or the nominee expressing a position of Roe vs. Wade privately or publicly", McConnell said. And Justin Clark, the director of the Office of Public Liaison, will oversee White House coordination with outside groups.

Trump said he expects to meet with two or three additional candidates, and that an announcement is planned for next Monday. He consulted with advisers during a weekend at his Bedminster golf club, and the White House has mobilized a team to manage the nomination and confirmation process.

Schumer said that while Democrats don't control the Senate - Republicans have a 51-49 edge - most senators back abortion rights. The ads will start appearing on Wednesday.

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.

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

The Republican has been sent coat hangers by pro-abortion activists.

Collins spoke on ABC and CNN.

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