Minnesota's U.S. Senators weigh in on Supreme Court Justice replacement


Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence predicted on the campaign trail that their then-potential presidency would result in Roe v. Wade being overturned, and New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman noted on Twitter that all of the 25 potential Supreme Court picks Trump assembled are opposed to abortion.

CNN host Jake Tapper asked Collins about how President Donald Trump expressed desire to nominate justices who may vote to overturn Roe V. Wade if offered the opportunity. "So I think what he said as the candidate may not have been informed by the legal advice that he now has that it would be inappropriate for him to ask a nominee how he or she would rule on a specific issue".

Trump is moving quickly to fill the vacancy that will be created when Justice Anthony M. Kennedy retires from the court July 31.

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Collins said Trump told her that he would not ask a prospective Supreme Court nominee about their stance on Roe.

"I would tell my pro-life friends: you can be pro-life and conservative, but you can also believe in stare decisis", he continued, referencing the "many different ways" the case has been upheld in court rulings over the years.

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With just a 51-49 Republican majority in the Senate, Trump can lose just two lawmakers, and one of the GOP senators, U.S. Sen.

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. "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 and I believe that that is the very important fundamental tenant of our judicial system, which as Chief Justice Roberts says, helps to promote stability and even handedness".

Trump's ability to replace Kennedy - known as a moderate voice on the Supreme Court - with a more conservative justice has led many to speculate that Roe v. Wade's days as settled law could be numbered. Susan Collins (R-ME) walks outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. February 7, 2018. In her view, Roe v. Wade is settled law, and she wanted someone on the court who would respect precedent. The Maine senator said she would only back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the 45-year-old Roe decision, which has always been an anathema to conservatives.

Trump plans to announce his next Supreme Court nominee next week. "No one makes it to the Supreme Court without going through the United States Senate, and in the United States Senate, everyone has a vote", said Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Collins and a handful of other potential swing votes on the President's future nominee met with Trump Thursday.

"You never know how that's going to turn out", Trump said.