Pittsburgh Judge 'Very Much In The Mix' For Supreme Court Nomination

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Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are the only two Republican senators who back abortion rights and hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, meaning Trump needs all of them for his nominee to be confirmed without the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence.

The President teased his potential pick on social media before the Fourth of July holiday, saying "I interviewed 4 very impressive people yesterday".

Collins, as a moderate Republican, is in a key position to influence the debate over who will replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, along with colleague Sen. The prominent Obamacare opponent wrote a Fox News op-ed on Thursday urging the president to appoint conservative Sen.

Lee is a known conservative commodity who has all the credentials. Recognizing the stakes, many Democrats have lined up in opposition to any Trump pick, and Republican lawmakers and activists are seeking to shape the president's decision. Lee also was an assistant USA attorney in Salt Lake City and general counsel to former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, as well as serving as a lawyer in private practice.

The news outlet, citing anonymous sources, said that Lee is still on the list of possible nominees but that other choices were in the latest mix and that Lee is "not a frontrunner".

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"And even if some of these Republicans did oppose Lee - even just one - I think that boil needs to be lanced", he said.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Sunday on the CBS program "Face the Nation" that Trump doesn't need to ask where nominees stand on overturning Roe v. Wade because his list has already been screened on that issue by the Federalist Society.

Costa included a link to an Associated Press story about Lee casting a "protest" vote in the 2016 presidential election for independent candidate Evan McMullin. Lee was interviewed by phone on Monday.

All three judges are conservatives who appeared on a list of 25 potential Supreme Court nominees that Trump released during the presidential campaign.

Tobias said federal appeals court judges Raymond Kethledge of MI and Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland are rumored to be the frontrunners to fill the vacant seat.

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Larsen is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, where she has been serving since November 2017.

Kavanaugh, 53, was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2006 by President George W. Bush, for whom he previously worked in the White House.

Another aide told Axios that while his official announcement is scheduled for Monday, they wouldn't be surprised if Trump went ahead and announced his nominee a few days earlier.

On the right, the Judicial Crisis Network has made a "seven-figure ad buy" on national cable TV and online that, it says, "will target vulnerable Democrat incumbents" in the hope of coaxing their votes for Trump's nominee.

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