White House taps team for Supreme Court pick

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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.

Trump predicted that the fight over his eventual Supreme Court nominee to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat will be "vicious", but that the Republican-controlled Senate will be able to confirm his pick before the midterm elections.

But in an interview broadcast on Sunday, Trump told Fox News that he "probably" will not ask his nominee how he or she would vote on Roe versus Wade, adding that he is putting "conservative people on" the court.

"I've got it narrowed to about five [candidates]", President Trump said, according to CNN.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, one of only two Republican senators who supports abortion rights, told ABC's This Week she's looking for a nominee who would demonstrate a respect for precedent and that she sees Roe as settled law.

It's not entirely clear how current conservatives on the Court would vote on the issue of overturning Roe v. Wade.

With Kennedy gone, many people are predicting that Roe v. Wade could be overturned.

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Jackson clarified that she wasn't asking about Trump's nominee selection process, but rather his own personal beliefs. "I believe that is a very important, fundamental tenet to our judicial system".

The White House on Monday announced key members of the team that will work to ensure President Donald Trump's next nominee to the Supreme Court is confirmed.

Trump's comments come days after multiple liberal legislators pledged to fight the president's pick, with Sen.

Possible nominees being eyed include Thomas Hardiman, who serves alongside Trump's sister on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Raymond Kethledge, a federal appeals court judge who clerked for Kennedy.

Schumer said that while Democrats don't control the Senate - Republicans have a 51-49 edge - most senators back abortion rights. "If he picks someone who is hardcore on Roe v. Wade or hardcore on repealing health care that's a bigger lift". "If they vote for somebody who is going to change [legal] precedent, it could be a career-ending move".

"I want a judge that will apply the law to the facts of the case with fidelity to the Constitution", she said "Roe v. Wade is a constitutional right that is well-established, and no less an authority than Justice Roberts said that repeatedly at his confirmation hearing". Even though McConnell changed Senate rules a year ago to allow confirmation by simple majority, if Democrats hold together, he can not afford defections.

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