White House builds Supreme Court confirmation team

Sen. Susan Collins R-Maine said Sunday that any judge who wants to overturn Roe v. Wade has an

Sen. Susan Collins R-Maine said Sunday that any judge who wants to overturn Roe v. Wade has an"activist agenda

The Trump administration created a "confirmation team" Monday to help the President's Supreme Court nominee make his or her way through Congress as liberal lawmakers vowed to fight the President's pick tooth and nail. Such a move would likely fire up Trump supporters eager for a rightward shift on divisive social issues such as abortion and gay rights. Susan Collins of ME said she was not comfortable with everyone he has considered.

Abortion rights is emerging as a litmus test for the next Supreme Court nominee, with Democrats and at least one moderate Republican declaring they wouldn't support a nominee who opposes the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that established a woman's right to abortion.

"Well, I hope they keep thinking about it", Trump said of Democrats like Sen.

One Twitter user posted a picture of her Amazon receipt for 100 coat hangers with the caption: "Sending these to Senator Collins as a reminder of what her legacy could be".

The White House refused to disclose the names of whom the president met with at the White House, but according to people briefed on the vetting process, they were the federal appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals, Brett M. Kavanaugh of the District of Columbia Circuit, and Raymond M. Kethledge and Amul R. Thapar of the 6th Circuit.

"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.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Justin Clark, director of the Office of Public Liaison, "will oversee White House outreach with key constituencies, coalitions, grassroots organizations and allies".

Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy attends a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House, April 10, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Both Chief Justice John Roberts and Gorsuch, Trump's first pick to the high court, have indicated more broadly that they respect legal precedent.

While not discussing many details of her private conversation with the president, Collins told Raddatz she "suggested that he broaden his search beyond the list of 25 nominees", referring to the president's "List of 25" from which he has pledged to pick the new justice.

Trump said he expects to meet with two or three additional candidates, and that an announcement is planned for next Monday.

But she is pro-choice and previously showed a willingness to go against the party, particularly in her vote against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act past year. "I don't think at the end of the day it's about Roe v. Wade", Leo said on Fox News Sunday.

Collins-she said in a Sunday interview on ABC's This Week that she could only vote for a judge that respects precedent. Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie.

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