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White House taps team for Supreme Court pick

White House taps team for Supreme Court pick

Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's swing vote, is retiring at the end of July.

McConnell sets the agenda and hopes to have the new justice in place by October, which is when the Supreme Court term begins. He will have four steadfastly liberal justices on his left and likely four deeply conservative ones to his right, including a second justice appointed by President Donald Trump.

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.

Moderate Maine Republican Sen.

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".

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

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

Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeTrump to announce Supreme Court pick July 9; two women on short list The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance - Expensive and brutal: Inside the Supreme Court fight ahead Senate passes mammoth farm bill MORE (R), who has openly acknowledged he would accept an appointment to the high court. Even though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed Senate rules past year to allow confirmation by simple majority, if Democrats hold together, he can not afford defections. Justin Clark, the director of the Office of Public Liaison, will oversee White House coordination with outside groups.

"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", she said. Bob Casey Jr. (D) said Trump is wrongly limiting himself to a list of 25 names released by the White House.

Trump will probably not need to ask potential nominees about their views on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion. That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution as compared to broader rulings such as Roe.

If Sen. John McCain's aggressive brain cancer diagnosis keeps him from traveling, it would only take one GOP defection to potentially block the nomination.

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 previous year. Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie.

Collins appeared on ABC's "This Week" and CNN's "State of the Union", Leo spoke on "Fox News Sunday" and Graham was on NBC's "Meet the Press".