Trump meets with Manchin, other senators about Supreme Court opening

President Donald Trump left and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy participate in a public swearing-in ceremony for Justice Neil Gorsuch in the Rose Garden of the White House White House in Washington. The 81-year-old Kennedy said Tuesday

The meetings came a day after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he'll retire on July 31.

President Donald Trump met with key senators at the White House on Thursday as the administration goes into a full-court press to nominate and confirm a new Supreme Court justice before the midterm elections next fall.

"It will be a hard vote for many red-state Democrats who risk upsetting either their left-wing base or their home state constituents", he said.

The announcement concerned many because now President Trump will have the task of nominating a candidate to fill the vacant seat. "That was not created by senators here", she said.

Put more succinctly to CNN's Jeff Zeleny earlier this week, Heitkamp said, "He's going to say some mean things about me". She played a critical role in preventing a Republican effort to withhold federal funding from Planned Parenthood in 2015 and has repeatedly voted against congressional legislation to restrict abortions.

Matthews said the Democratic base is exhausted of losing to Trump and they will demand Democratic senators not lose this fight. "We certainly think she will hear from our members ... and she should take those words to heart, both from a political and from an ethical perspective".

Biden said, "It's up to us, America". Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska, Susan Collins, of ME, and Chuck Grassley, of Iowa.

Ezra Levin, co-founder of the protest group Indivisible, emphasized the importance of Collins and Murkowski to their strategy to protect abortion rights. As I said, if the president wants to meet with me, I'm ready to participate and advocate for North Dakota.

Her confirmation vote in October was 55-43, but Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law, said lacking widespread bipartisan support isn't a factor for the president to consider. "Nothing less than the fate of our healthcare system, reproductive rights for women and countless other protections for middle class Americans are at stake", Schumer said. Matthews said. "They're exhausted of losing!"

But Murkowski and Collins are the rare elected Republicans in Washington who support abortion rights and voted against repealing the Obama-era Affordable Care Act - issues Democrats are using to frame the battle over the Supreme Court nominee.

Heitkamp, Manchin and Donnelly all voted for Trump's first Supreme Court pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch, last year.

Over at CNN, Jeffrey Toobin declared "Roe v. Wade is doomed". She, unlike Kavanaugh, has written directly on Roe v. Wade, calling it "an erroneous decision". "I never thought I'd say this, but you're only 81!" "It's going to have a very significant impact on her legacy".

Collins, who joined the Senate in 1997, been consistent in this regard. Add Supreme Court as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Supreme Court news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Flake has already stalled some nominations by withholding his support on the committee so as to pressure Republicans to vote on Trump's controversial tariffs, which Flake and many other Republicans staunchly oppose.

"Structurally in our system - and in her mind - the court nominees are supposed to be non-ideological choices basically separated from politics and above the public fray", says political consultant Lance Dutson, a former Collins Senate and campaign staffer. "If you look from Alito to Sotomayor, she hasn't applied ideological litmus tests to any of them".

"I don't know how we got so wedded to that list. I don't think it will be secure now".



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