Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Stonewalls On Abortion Questions For SCOTUS Nominee

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Stonewalls On Abortion Questions For SCOTUS Nominee

McConnell sets the agenda and hopes to have the new justice in place by October, which is when the Supreme Court term begins. "Susan Collins can not simultaneously say she supports Roe v. Wade and support anybody on that list; that would be quite hypocritical".

Susan Collins (R-ME) said she will not support any pick who shows opposition to Roe v. Wade.

Sanders wouldn't provide the names of the candidates who met with Trump or the two to three candidates expected to meet with the president later this week.

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". Overturning that 1973 ruling would not make abortion illegal, but it would allow individual states to ban the procedure.

"What I want to see is a nominee who, regardless of his or her personal views on the very hard and contentious life issue, is going to respect precedent, regardless", she said.

Joan Larsen, a former Michigan Supreme Court justice who was named to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals past year, and fellow 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Raymond Kethledge, are reportedly among the handful of top candidates being considered by Trump.

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During the third and final 2016 presidential debate, Trump made it clear that he would appoint justices that would overturn Roe v. Wade, leaving it up to each individual state to legalize abortion or make it illegal. The president is really in the driver's seat along with the assistance of White House counsel Don McGahn. "It's about having judges on the Court who are going to interpret the Constitution the way it's written, and part of interpreting the Constitution is taking into account major precedents". Both Chief Justice John Roberts and Gorsuch, Trump's first pick to the high court, have indicated more broadly that they respect legal precedent.

On the question of whether the Senate should consider President Donald Trump's nominee before the November election, 46% say the Senate should take up the nomination, while 48% say the chamber should not consider it until after the midterms, with a strict party divide and independents split 43% to 50%.

"That'll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court", Trump said.

Nelson "probably perceives that no one on that list of 25 is someone he is prepared to vote for and so it shouldn't be surprising", said Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond College of Law, who specializes in federal judicial selection. "Those are people who are under very serious consideration, two of them as you know are people who throw the process to some extent", Leo said.

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.

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