White House taps team for Supreme Court pick

President Donald Trump speaks at Scheels Arena in Fargo on Wednesday

President Donald Trump speaks at Scheels Arena in Fargo on Wednesday

He has often served as a swing vote between the court's liberal and conservative justices.

The thinking goes that by doing so, they can force Trump to return to the table with a more moderate nominee who will probably not overturn Roe, as they did with President Ronald Reagan after torpedoing Judge Robert Bork's nomination.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine and Sen.

However, the senator later said she would be looking to precedent in her vote on Supreme Court nominees, suggesting Roe v. Wade would have an impact on her decision.

Trump on Monday said he interviewed four prospective nominees, with more interviews to come.

Shah will take leave from the position of Trump's Deputy Principal Press Secretary to concentrate on getting the President's nominee through the Senate approval process, White House Spokesperson Sarah Sanders said.

Sanders wouldn't provide the names of the candidates who met with Trump or the two to three candidates expected to meet with the president later this week.

The White House is getting its team in place for the confirmation process for President Donald Trump's next Supreme Court pick.

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"That'll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court", Trump said.

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.

However, as host Jake Tapper was quick to point out, Collins voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch, a Trump pick whose track record against women's reproductive rights includes his recent decision to side with "crisis pregnancy centers", which exist for the sole objective of convincing women to carry pregnancies to term.

"Academically, in every way", Trump said.

The concern that Trump's nominee would be a rubber stamp and not an independent voice led U.S. Sen. That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution, and not reading into the Constitution language that doesn't explicitly appear.

The interviews were with federal appeals judges Raymond Kethledge, Amul Thapar, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, said a person with knowledge of the meetings who was not authorized to speak publicly about them.

This is despite a slim 51-49 majority in the 100-member Senate, and one of two pro-choice Republicans expressing concerns about Trump's potential selection from a list culled with the help of conservative organizations the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. Vice President Mike Pence can be called on to break a tie.

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