White House taps team for Supreme Court pick

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"Someone who tries to keep an open mind and perspective nominees like Brett Cavanaugh, Amy Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman are people who have not specifically said they oppose Roe vs. Wade and their writings and their work show that they are very fair". Although a couple of men made [AUL president Catherine Glenn Foster's] short list, she is hoping for 'one of those outstanding female candidates, to provide some ideological balance on the Court.

"Raj Shah will oversee communications, strategy and messaging coordination with Capitol Hill allies", Sanders said in her statement.

Over the weekend, President Trump told Fox News he would "probably not" ask his nominee about how they would vote on the abortion law.

Democrats have begun to mobilize their supporters around the abortion issue while Republicans have begun to to downplay the significance of replacing Kennedy. Collins, who appeared on ABC's "This Week" and CNN's "State of the Union," said she would only back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the Roe decision, which has always been anathema to conservatives.

In the same interview, which was taped Friday at the White House, the president said that he has been advised not to ask potential nominees about where they stand on Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling on abortion.

Senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have voiced support for the legality of abortion, with Collins saying that she would find any nominee who opposes the Roe v. Wade decision to be "unacceptable".

Trump said he expects to meet with two or three additional candidates, and that an announcement is planned for next Monday.

The future orientation of the Supreme Court depends on who will succeed Kennedy, a conservative. "So someone that devotes that much time to write a book on precedent, I think understands how important a principle that is within our judicial system".

When Trump campaigned for the presidency, he was adamant about his stance on abortion rights.

Trump's nominee must win Senate confirmation. Both Chief Justice John Roberts and Gorsuch, Trump's first pick to the high court, have indicated more broadly that they respect legal precedent.

Now the court has three women justices, all appointed by Democrats.

However, other factors are also at play, such as immigration, the powers of the president and any possible litigation involving the 2016 election of Trump and the alleged Russian interference.

"Well I know that's what the left is saying, and that's just so at odds with my record", Collins said on CNN. "You could be a woman and not be fair minded".

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