Though Kennedy was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, a conservative, he was considered a swing vote.
Democratic voters will support Republicans because of ICE criticism Coney Barrett, Kavanaugh among candidates who met with Trump: report Trump administration recommends against allowing China Mobile access to USA market MORE on Tuesday spoke to another three possible Supreme Court nominees, bringing the total number to seven. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
The president spent the weekend at his Bedminster golf club, consulting with advisers, including White House counsel Don McGahn, as he considers his options to fill the vacancy with a justice who has the potential to be part of precedent-shattering court decisions on abortion, health care, gay marriage and other issues.
Sen. Bill Nelson shed his hyper-cautious reputation Monday, declaring that he expects to vote against President Donald Trump's nominee to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. In an unusually direct appeal to voters, he said that to block "an ideological nominee", people should "tell your senators" to oppose anyone from Trump's list.
Former Justice Department official Tom Dupree said Murkowski's decisionmaking should be handled "delicately" because she is one of the only senators to ever win a seat through a "write-in campaign" rather than being printed on the ballot.
The shortlist is widely rumored to include U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of IN; U.S. Appeals Court Judge Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania; U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland, who formerly clerked for Kennedy; U.S. Circuit Judge Raymond Kethledge of MI; and U.S. Appeals Court Judge Amul Thapar of Kentucky, according to the Washington Post.
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So I beg everyone, please release these children, give my son back to me", she said through an interpreter, weeping. CBS has identified the men as agents from the Department of Homeland Security inspector general's office.
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Kirsten Gillibrand also appeared at the demonstration, calling it "an unbelievable protest of women speaking out to be heard". The women, many of whom live outside the Washington area, said they planned to join in both protests while in town.
"I can't imagine the president asking the nominee about Roe v. Wade or the nominee expressing a position of Roe vs. Wade privately or publicly", McConnell said.
Sanders also announced that Justin Clark, the director of the White House's office of public liaison, will oversee the administration's outreach to "key constituencies, coalitions, grassroots organizations and allies". The White House had no immediate comment on the report.
Trump he says he plans to meet with two to three more as he works toward a decision "over the next few days". That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution as compared to broader rulings such as Roe.
The Republicans' 51-to-49 majority in the Senate is even closer because of the absence of ailing Senator John McCain of Arizona.
But she is pro-choice and previously showed a willingness to go against the party, particularly in her vote against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act a year ago.
Collins-she said in a Sunday interview on ABC's This Week that she could only vote for a judge that respects precedent. Vice President Mike Pence can be called on to break a tie.