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, who appeared on ABC's "This Week" and CNN's "State of the Union," said she would only back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the Roe decision, which has always been anathema to conservatives.
"Teams of attorneys from the White House Counsel's Office and Department of Justice are working to ensure the president has all the information he needs to choose his nominee", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, one of only two Republican senators who supports abortion rights, told ABC's This Week she's looking for a nominee who would demonstrate a respect for precedent and that she sees Roe as settled law.
"I interviewed and met with four potential justices of our great Supreme Court".
Similarly, Justice Neil Gorsuch, who Trump nominated to the Court past year, is widely seen as a pro-life conservative. Although a couple of men made [AUL president Catherine Glenn Foster's] short list, she is hoping for 'one of those outstanding female candidates, to provide some ideological balance on the Court.
As President Donald Trump gears up to announce his Supreme Court nominee, Sen. "And that would indicate to me a failure to respect precedent, a fundamental tenet of our judicial system".
"That will happen, and that'll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life [anti-abortion] justices on the court", Trump said at a presidential debate against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, an abortion rights supporter, is considered one of the key votes on a nominee.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's swing vote, is retiring at the end of July. I will say this: "It will go back to the states, and the states will then make a determination".
In order to determine her vote, Collins told Raddatz she's "going to have an in-depth discussion with the nominee". Yet as a judge in the military courts rather than civilian, Ryan has little track record of rulings on hot button issues that give Democrats the fodder to hold up or outright oppose her confirmation. "She wants someone who's going to adhere to the constitution and the law more than anything else", Leo responded. Tim Kaine said the future of Roe v. Wade is "very much in jeopardy" during a campaign event on Monday morning in Town Center.
Collins and even several Democrats agreed to back Gorsuch because they said he clearly valued legal precedent and the independence of US courts.