President Trump to name second Supreme Court nominee in 2 years

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Riccardo Savi Sipa via USA TODAY

US President Donald Trump has appointed an Indian-American official, Raj Shah, to a key role in the contentious process of the appointment of the next justice of the Supreme Court, the White House announced on Monday.

McConnell sets the agenda and hopes to have the new justice in place by October, which is when the Supreme Court term begins.

The Trump administration created a "confirmation team" Monday to help the President's Supreme Court nominee make his or her way through Congress as liberal lawmakers vowed to fight the President's pick tooth and nail.

Another big decision facing President Trump is a nominee for the soon-to-be vacant spot on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Democratic voters will support Republicans because of ICE criticism Coney Barrett, Kavanaugh among candidates who met with Trump: report Trump administration recommends against allowing China Mobile access to U.S. market MORE on Tuesday spoke to another three possible Supreme Court nominees, bringing the total number to seven.

Democrats have urged Collins and Sen.

If there is a danger of losing Republican votes, the nominee could prevail by courting Democratic senators seeking re-election this year in states Trump carried in 2016, including Sens.

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The four candidates interviewed so far, first reported by the Above the Law blog, are all federal appeals court judges whose names appear on a list of 25 supreme court prospects published a year ago by the White House.

Trump's nominee must win Senate confirmation.

Abortion rights activists fear Trump's eventual nominee will lead to the high court overturning Roe v. Wade. She said Tuesday he has "two or three more that he'll interview this week and then make a decision". Both Chief Justice John Roberts and Gorsuch, Trump's first pick to the high court, have indicated more broadly that they respect legal precedent.

"I believe very much that Roe v. Wade is settled law", she said of the landmark decision prohibiting states from outlawing abortion at certain points during pregnancy. The ads will start appearing on Wednesday. "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". 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.

Collins-she said in a Sunday interview on ABC's This Week that she could only vote for a judge that respects precedent.

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