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Murkowski favors Kennedy-like justice for Supreme Court slot

04 July, 2018, 01:26 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Joshua Roberts  Reuters

Though Kennedy was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, a conservative, he was considered a swing vote.

Overall, 64 percent of respondents said they want Trump to choose a justice who will rein in unlimited corporate political spending.

"I think it's questionable we should be considering a nominee from a president who has a history of demanding these loyalty tests and we could be responsible for participating in something that could undermine that investigation", Booker told the committee. 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. There may be other justices who share that view, and if so, Collins and Murkowski could support the president's nominee in any event.

Susan Collins, a key vote on President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, said today she would oppose any nominee she believed would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

Trump is expected to announce his nominee next Monday.

Murkowski, from Alaska, and U.S. Sen.

Even though Republicans changed Senate rules a year ago to allow confirmation by simple majority, if Democrats hold together, they can not afford defections.

Prior to that, he served in private practice and clerked for Sixth Circuit Court Judge Ralph Guy and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, according to a biography from white House archives. Both Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's first pick to the high court, have indicated more broadly that they respect legal precedent.

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Trump also spoke about recent comments made by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) calling for people to harass Trump officials in public and said that between those comments and the increasing number of Democrats calling to abolish ICE, he thinks Democrats will "never win another election".

Trump on Monday said he interviewed four prospective nominees, with more interviews to come. That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution, and not reading into the Constitution language that doesn't explicitly appear.

Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, and it's even closer because of the absence of ailing Sen.

Judge Kavanaugh sits on Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and is a former clerk to Justice Kennedy.

"There is keen interest in those two, but there are at least a couple of others who are still very seriously in the mix", said the person.

The Republican has been sent coat hangers by pro-abortion activists.

And in an interview with CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, Collins went a step further, stating she would not back a justice who wanted to overturn Roe v. Wade. Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie.

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