"I don't know how I'm going to do this", the operator said with a heavy sigh.
Democrats and liberal interest groups, gearing up for President Donald Trump's choice for the seat opened up by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, are treating the moment as one of utmost danger for abortion rights in the United States.
"We're not looking at this as a strictly partisan vote", said Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs.
Later, Mr. Melendez said that he received a call from Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, arranging a callback time for him and the president and asking what topic he would like to raise with Mr. Trump.
One thing is certain as President Donald Trump surveys prospective Supreme Court nominees: Age matters. Choosing his successor, which needs Senate approval, gives Trump the chance to mold the dominant ideology on the Supreme Court for years to come. Also of interest are Amul Thapar, who serves on the federal appeals court in Cincinnati; Brett Kavanaugh, a former clerk for Kennedy who serves on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.; and Amy Coney Barrett, who serves on the federal appeals court in Chicago.
Some possible nominees being eyed include Thomas Hardiman, who serves alongside Trump's sister on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and Raymond Kethledge, a federal appeals court judge who clerked for Kennedy.
Echoing Leo's view, Sen.
"You don't overturn precedent unless there's a good reason", Graham said. "And probably not. They're all saying, 'Don't do that, you don't do that, you shouldn't do that, ' but I'm putting conservative people on".
Trump says he thinks that is "inappropriate to discuss".
On Sunday, Trump seemed to reaffirm that belief, telling Fox News that abortion "could very well end up with states at some point". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has committed to confirming a nominee in the fall, which the Republican-controlled Senate should be able to do if McConnell can hold his razor-thin majority together.
Five more beaten to death in India lynchings
One of the victims was seen pleading for help in the video, while the bloodied bodies of the other victims were lying beside him. Police that the five, along with a few others, were seen getting off a state transport bus in the tribal Rainpada hamlet.
RB flights delayed after Bali volcano eruption
Bali global airport in Indonesia has been shut down on Friday following the eruption of Mount Agung volcano. More than 20 flights from Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin and Air Asia were disrupted. .
Harvey Weinstein faces new sex assault charges on third woman
Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex, with his attorney challenging the credibility of his alleged victims. Weinstein, 66, appeared in court in May, after being arrested in connection with accusations of rape from two women.