Collins must scrutinize, ask hard questions of Supreme Court nominee

Maine Sen. Susan Collins won’t support any Supreme Court nominee looking to overturn Roe v. Wade

Maine Sen. Susan Collins won’t support any Supreme Court nominee looking to overturn Roe v. Wade

Americans need to be concerned President Donald Trump's eventual pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will be a choice that will affect many of their rights, Sen.

Citing unnamed sources, Fox News said the president has met with the six candidates, with some being interviewed a couple of times.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) hailed the possibility of Lee becoming Trump's pick, saying, "I think the single best choice President Trump could make to fill this vacancy is Sen".

Among the three, Trump now favors Kavanaugh and Kethledge over Barrett, according to the people.

Hardiman was one of two finalists to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia in 2017, but Trump chose Neil Gorsuch instead. Mike Lee of Utah, who is not regarded as a top contender but who is being pushed by key conservatives. Trump has been interviewing candidates drawn from a 25-person list created by the Federalist Society, an organization of conservative and libertarian-leaning lawyers.

Garland serves on the influential U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, along with leading high court canidate Brett Kavanaugh.

Abortion rights advocates and some MA lawmakers are concerned the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn the landmark abortion case Roe Vs. Wade now that Justice Anthony Kennedy has retired.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the conversation publicly.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich tweeted Tuesday his view that Barrett "would make an outstanding Supreme Court Justice".

Conservative groups, which have typically been more energised and focused on the issue of judicial nominees, are now being matched by a surge of progressive activism and spending aimed at senators whose votes could prove decisive. His nominee must win Senate confirmation.

Trump, who conducted interviews with seven candidates earlier this week for the lifetime post on the top US judicial body, is expected to announce his decision on Monday.

"They're all political, so let's just find a person that we can all agree with and put him on there", LePage said. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to reject a nominee who would overturn Roe v. Wade. The University of MI law school graduate previously worked for Sen. She is also a devout Catholic with seven children, and her religious beliefs came up in last year's confirmation hearing for her current post. "Judge Kethledge has a history of opposing women's reproductive freedom", he wrote.

Separately, Coney Barrett has earned a sharp rebuke from the left, amid concerns by abortion-rights groups that she would be likely to overturn Roe v. Wade.

"The Democrats have made pretty clear that even without a nominee that they want to make this a policy issue - that they want to see the policies they want coming from the court", one Judiciary Republican aide says. If they do, he said, they would expose themselves as being the reason for the president and Congress having a sub-par legislative record.

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