The president's words come amid concern from abortion rights supporters that he will nominate a conservative judge who would vote to overturn the landmark case that legalized the procedure nationwide. Collins also said she encouraged Trump to "broaden" his list beyond the 25 potential nominees already on it. Susan Collins, Nelson noted, says she will not support a nominee who does not fully recognize the importance of judicial precedence, and "Roe v. Wade has been judicial precedent now going on 40 years".
As the president weighs his choice, moderate Republican Sen.
Trump said he will name his nominee for the court by next Monday.
These anti-abortion groups may be pushing the administration for representation reasons, but other opponents are agreeing simply in hopes of getting a nominee more easily through the confirmation process. So a nominee's position on whether or not they respect precedent will tell me a lot about whether or not they would overturn Roe v. Wade.
Abortion is not the only key issue Nelson worries about with a new Supreme Court justice.
McGahn held the same role for the process that led to Trump's selection of Neil Gorsuch, who has become one of the most conservative justices on the court.
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During the same interview, Collins said there are individuals on President Donald Trump's shortlist who she would not support, citing their alleged "disrespect" for stare decisis. "And that would indicate to me a failure to respect precedent, a fundamental tenet of our judicial system".
Trump said Sunday he believes his nominee, which he has said he will announce July 9, will be confirmed quickly. 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.
Collins said her office does research and has discussions on a nominee's record, and she won't vote for someone with an activist record. I love women so much I just appointed one to replace a man at the Supreme Court!
"A number of judges (have told me) that good judges are always unhappy with some of their decisions but they make the right call regardless of their personal views".
Collins and even several Democrats agreed to back Gorsuch because they said he clearly valued legal precedent and the independence of USA courts. On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. criticized the record of U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of IN, who is one of seven judges considered to be front-runners.
"What's important in addition to increasing diversity is how that person would actually interpret law", Chu said.