Sen. Cantwell weighs in on SCOTUS pick

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"A candidate who would overturn Roe would not be acceptable", said Collins, "because I believe that they have demonstrated a disrespect for the vital principle of stare decisis".

Trump has said that he will announce his choice next Monday.

The White House does not appear to be counting on Nelson's support and instead is focusing on three other vulnerable Democrats facing re-election: Sen. "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".

McGahn will lead the overall selection and confirmation process, the White House said Monday, repeating the role he played in the successful confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch previous year. Cory Booker, D-N.J., last week to ask his Senate Judiciary Committee colleagues to delay action until after special counsel Robert Mueller finished his investigation. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, moderate Republicans who support access to abortion services and aren't up for re-election, making it less likely either will feel pressure to be in lockstep with the polarizing president. Asked about the call, White House spokesman Raj Shah said: "Yesterday, the President spoke on the phone with Sen. Is it fair to say that the president won't pick someone who has a record of opposition to Roe v. Wade?".

That was a reference to Roe, where the Court in 1973 invented a constitutional right to abortion.

Neither the White House nor Trump himself revealed the names except for saying that he interviewed four potential Supreme Court nominees.

And it said a team of lawyers from the White House and Department of Justice are gathering information to assist Trump with the process. She emphasized that there were certain people on Trump's candidate list that she wouldn't vote for, though she didn't specify who those people were.

The Republicans' 51-to-49 majority in the Senate is even closer because of the absence of ailing Senator John McCain of Arizona.

"I don't think I'm going to be so specific in the questions.and I'm actually told that I shouldn't be", Trump said in an interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo that aired Sunday.

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. Nevertheless, Murkowski did vote for Justice Gorsuch past year. Using that number for Trump's appointment, the average age of Republicans could drop to 60.6 years, making the conservative side of the bench more than 10 years younger, on average, than the liberal side. Trump also nominated 94 district court judges, with the Senate confirming 20 to date, and 15 judges in other key courts, of which the Senate has confirmed five.

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