Trump to announce supreme court pick on 9 July

GOP senator vows to reject SCOTUS nominee who is pro-life, would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade

Collins said she suggested he add some names, and that the White House counsel told her some names have been added.

Collins said Sunday that Trump made clear to her during their meeting last week that he wouldn't ask his list of potential replacements for Kennedy whether they would overturn Roe v. Wade. "I believe that is a very important, fundamental tenet to our judicial system".

Collins, a moderate Republican, claimed Roe v. Wade is "settled law" and emphasized her desire for the new Supreme Court justice to adhere to stare decisis, a legal doctrine that binds courts to precedent.

Susan Collins (R-Maine) remains on board with the president's selection, even though she has said she's ruled out multiple candidates due to their potential stance on the landmark Roe vs. Wade case.

"The president listened very intently to what Lisa Murkowski and I said", she said, noting the Alaska Republican who is also in favor of abortion rights.

Collins, who fully supports abortion, said any justice who supports reversing Roe v. Wade is an "activist" justice who does not belong on the high court. Trump has said he will pick a nominee by July 9 from a list of 25 judges.

Because Republicans only have a one seat majority, every vote counts. "So, someone who devotes that much time to writing a book on precedent, I think, understands how important a principle that is in our judicial system", she said. Trump then nominated Justice Neil Gorsuch, whom the Senate confirmed.

"[Trump] did tell me that he would not be asking that question", Collins said Sunday.

"Well I know that's what the left is saying, and that's just so at odds with my record", Collins said on CNN. "And that'll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court".

"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".

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