The Maine senator said when she met with President Donald Trump to discuss the vacancy created by the retirement
of Justice Anthony Kennedy, she encouraged Trump “to broaden his list beyond” his standing listing
of 25 potential choices.
Collins said she is not comfortable with everyone on Trump’s list of conservative names and stressed her predilections in their meeting.
“The President actually was soliciting my views on the type of nominee that I was looking for, ” Collins mentioned. “I emphasized that I craved a nominee who would respect precedent, a fundamental tenet of our judicial system.”
Trump told CNN at the outset of his campaign that he would use Roe as a litmus test for State supreme court selections, and Vice President Mike Pence likewise said during the campaign that they would understand the abortion ruling in the “ash heap of history.”
Nevertheless, Collins said Trump told her he would not ask a nominee how he or she would vote on Roe. She went on to say she did not belief Justice Neil Gorsuch, a conservative judge she voted to show last year, would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade either.
“I actually don’t, ” she told of Gorsuch joining an opinion overruling Roe. “I had a very long deliberation with Justice Gorsuch in my agency and he pointed out to me that he is a co-author of a whole book on precedent.”
In addition to her idea on Gorsuch’s position, Collins likewise noted Chief Justice John Roberts previously expressed hope that Roe v. Wade had been established.
“I want a magistrate who will apply the law to the facts of the case with fidelity to the Constitution, ” Collins mentioned. “Roe v. Wade is a constitutional right that is well established, and no less an authority than Chief Justice Roberts used to say repeatedly at his confirmation hearing.”
In a separate interview on the same program, Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth said she would advise her colleagues, including Collins and fellow key election Sen. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican , not to “just trust that what person says to you in a dialogue trying to get your referendum is what’s going to happen when they are on the Supreme Court.”
“Justice Gorsuch told her that he would respect precedent, and yet he has voted against precedent just this week with the Janus case, ” Duckworth said, referring to a labor union suit
Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell said in an interview
on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Democrat plan to stress the importance of supplanting Kennedy, a frequent swinging vote on the court, with someone who is like-minded on a host of issues, from Roe v. Wade to pillars of environmental regulations.
The Washington senator likewise anticipated hearing from Trump’s eventual nominee about key constitutional questions that concern the President himself, including the special counselor investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
“Is the President be permitted to forgivenes himself? ” she asked. “Do you believe in the Emoluments Clause? … If the President is under indictment, what is that nominee going to do about that? “