Trump says he has interviewed 4 candidates for high court

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With a week left before President Trump is set to announce his pick to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, those opposing the nomination are seeking to mobilize.

Collins noted that she was in favor of moving forward with a nominee in the next couple months, so a new justice could be in place by the time the Supreme Court's next term begins in October.

He was long seen as a swing vote on a panel that numbered five conservatives and four liberal justices. Trump said previous year he'd asked for input from the Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation on potential Supreme Court justices; Casey called them "hard-right organizations". They hope to convince Collins and Republican Sen.

"I strongly believe that the president should take his time to identify a strong consensus candidate that will not further divide this country and fan the flames of anger and anxiety that are beginning to tear people apart", said Feinstein.

"The bottom line: Judge Barrett has given every indication that she will be an activist judge on the court", Schumer said.

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One of the candidates in a short list of 25 potential nominees announced by Trump during his campaign included Judge Amul Thapar, who is now a federal judge in Kentucky.

The Senate would have to confirm the nominee.

"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law", Collins said.

Justin Clark, in his position as director of the Office of Public Liaison, will oversee outreach with key constituencies, coalitions, grass-roots organizations and allies, the White House said.

Trump said he plans to interview six or seven people from his candidate list and will make an announcement of his pick on July 9.

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Trump says he will "probably not" ask potential nominees their thoughts on Roe v. Wade. The ads will start appearing on Wednesday.

"They know that they will not get a Justice nominated if the American people know this is what they want to do", NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in a press call over the weekend, "What we need to know, is that anyone coming onto the Supreme Court is going to uphold the law of the land and particularly a woman's right to decide what happens to her own body". John McCain not voting in the Senate due to his serious cancer, Republicans hold the barest of margins in what is now consequently a 50-49 Senate.

She also served as deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel, and clerked for David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and for former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Collins spoke on ABC and CNN.

In the 1990s, Kethledge was counsel to Republican Sen. Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie.

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