The financial disclosures for possible Supreme Court nominees

The financial disclosures for possible Supreme Court nominees

Few governmental parlor games obsess official Washington more than trying to determine the identity of an upcoming Supreme Court nominee, and the frenzy of speculation in the corridors of power over the past week has proven that this go-round will be no exception.

The Quinnipiac poll said voters wanted the high court to be a check on Trump by 65 percent to 24 percent. Susan Collins, putting pressure on the so-called "moderate" Republican from ME to vote against any nominee who does not support access to abortion care and to defend Roe vs. Wade.

This was made known by the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu on the Floor of the House today, Tuesday [July 3, 2018], following a statement the Presidency sent to Parliament. Many observers believe that with Kennedy replaced by a more consistently conservative justice, the court could reconsider decisions authorizing legal abortion, same-sex marriage and other socially liberal rulings. "Mike Lee." Lee is the only lawmaker on Trump's list of potential justices.

Trump has said he will announce his Supreme Court nominee on July 9. Some were confirmed by the Senate for their federal posts as recently as previous year. He added that he expects to meet with two or three more candidates, before announcing his pick. It's unknown whether the discussion was about Lee as a potential nominee.

Amy Coney Barrett, 46 and from IN, has emerged as a leading contender.

Since Trump said his short list includes at least two women, speculation has focused on Barrett, a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who serves on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

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During a contentious confirmation hearing, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein suggested the writings of Ms Barrett - who is a devout Catholic - might indicate she could not be impartial when religious issues appear before her court. "I'm not going to vote for that person just because they're for Roe v. Wade", she said.

Speaking Monday at an Anchorage news conference, Murkowski noted Kennedy's pivotal role on the court.

Republican Senator Susan Collins is being sent coat hangers in the mail by abortion rights activists keen to encourage her to vote down any Supreme Court nominees who would threaten Roe v. Wade.

President Trump himself told reporters he had interviewed four candidates.

Sources say Collins specifically opposes federal Appeals Court Judge William Pryor, who once called Roe "an abomination".

Catherine Lucey, Ken Thomas and Lisa Mascaro wrote this story, with contributions from Zeke Miller, (c) 2018 The Associated Press.

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