Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Schumer rallies opposition to Trump anti-abortion court pick

Schumer rallies opposition to Trump anti-abortion court pick

Speaking with reporters shortly before his meeting with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Trump said he "had a very, very interesting morning" talking with potential Supreme Court justices. They are really incredible people in so many different ways, academically and in every other way.

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.

A new report from a conservative news outlet says President Donald Trump is no longer seriously considering Sen. Raj Shah, the principal deputy press secretary, will take leave from his post to handle "communications, strategy and messaging coordination with Capitol Hill allies" full time, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Getting a successor to Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his resignation last week, approved by the Senate before the current session ends this year is a crucial task for Trump.

McGahn was on the lookout for a White House exit; however, made a decision to stay on and for the nomination process, with the replacement set to be announced on July 9.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a campaign-season call to action for voters to prevent such a nominee by putting "pressure on the Senate", which confirms judicial nominees. And Justin Clark, the director of the Office of Public Liaison, will oversee White House coordination with outside groups.

Trump met with some possible candidates this weekend at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., and at the White House on Monday but Lee's spokesman Conn Carroll said he was unaware if the senator had met with the president. "The Department of Justice is fully engaged to support the nomination and confirmation efforts". He played the same role in the successful confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch past year.

Trump's nominee must win confirmation by the Senate.

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The White House said it is putting together a team for the confirmation process. Barrett was named by Trump to the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He also pointed to Barrett's past statements on the Affordable Care Act and contraception.

Such a judge, she said, "would not be acceptable to me because that would indicate an activist agenda". "If chosen as the nominee, she will be the deciding vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and to strike down preexisting conditions protections in the ACA".

Blumenthal voiced his concerns about the nominee's impact on previous Supreme Court decisions, claiming that the new justice might vote to overturn Roe v. Wade if the 1973 court ruling on reproductive rights is ever revisited, urging, "These are real lives, real impacts".

The president has a list of 25 candidates, which he said he has narrowed down to five, including two women.

Schumer says while Democrats are outnumbered in the narrowly divided Senate, most senators back abortion rights and the added coverage created by former President Barack Obama's health care law. "It requires the public's focus on these issues, and its pressure on the Senate".

Schumer's column appeared a day after Sen. "I would tell my pro-life friends: You can be pro-life and conservative, but you can also believe in 'stare decisis, '" he said, citing the legal term involving legal precedent that means "to stand by things decided".

Kavanaugh is a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

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