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The president is expected to announce his nominee for the position on Monday, July 9. The White House has also yet to announce who will shepherd the nominee through the Senate confirmation process, acting as the nominee's "sherpa".

Florida's senior senator said his decision will depend on Trump's nominee, but the president already has released a short list of 25 prospective justices who were reviewed by the conservative Federalist Society. "Someone who tries to keep an open mind and perspective nominees like Brett Cavanaugh, Amy Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman are people who have not specifically said they oppose Roe vs. Wade and their writings and their work show that they are very fair". "It requires the public's focus on these issues, and its pressure on the Senate".

Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House he plans to meet with two or three more candidates as he seeks a replacement for the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

In an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures, Trump said his nominee to replace Kennedy will be "conservative", but he said he "probably" won't ask his pick whether he or she supports overturning Roe v. Wade. 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.

" one Twitter user wrote, sharing a picture of a coat hanger, while another added: "Nobody should trust what Collins says". In the landmark case Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), he joined the plurality opinion upholding Roe v. Wade (1973), the case that legalized abortion at the federal level. The president is really in the driver's seat along with the assistance of White House counsel Don McGahn.

He co-authored a book with Army veteran Michael Erwin of The Positivity Project published previous year called "Lead Yourself First: Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude" in which he describes himself as an introvert.

The White House said it is putting together a team for the confirmation process. Susan Collins are moderate Republicans who support access to abortion services. 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. "If you combine Trump's love for making history. with his emphasis on appearance (the next SCOTUS nominee has to have immaculate academic credentials, yes, but also, the robe simply has to look like she-or he-was born to wear it) then there is a big, flashing red arrow pointing at Coney Barrett". Roe, for instance, relied on a right to privacy, which is not explicitly mentioned in the Constitution. On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. criticized the record of U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of IN, who is one of seven judges considered to be front-runners.

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.

Sen. Claire McCaskill questions Secretary of Defense James Mattis about a new report detailing procurement violations involving a defense contractor at a hearing held by the Senate Armed Services Committee, April 26, 2018, in Washington. John McCain of Arizona. Vice President Mike Pence can be called on to break a tie.

While appearing on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Collins framed hostility towards the Roe v. Wade outcome as a form of "activism" that disrespects judicial precedent.