Trump predicted that the fight over his eventual Supreme Court nominee to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat will be "vicious", but that the Republican-controlled Senate will be able to confirm his pick before the midterm elections. He said Friday that he was focusing on five to seven candidates whom he planned to interview this week. "That would indicate to me a failure to respect precedent", Collins said Sunday on ABC's "This Week". "So a nominee's position on whether or not they respect precedent will tell me a lot about whether they would overturn Roe v. Wade".
Republicans presently have a 51-49 advantage in the Senate, and despite the vocal protests by Democrats and others, a simple majority vote is likely for the next justice.
On Sunday, Leonard Leo, an outside adviser to Trump on judicial nominations, said he expected Trump to select a nominee who is mindful of precedent but who is also more "originalist and textualist".
Trump's ability to replace Kennedy - known as a moderate voice on the Supreme Court - with a more conservative justice has led many to speculate that Roe v. Wade's days as settled law could be numbered.
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In a series of tweets, Schumer argued that Barrett would support overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision.
"During the morning, I interviewed and met with four potential justices of our great Supreme Court", he said.
"One of the few ways that a Trump nominee could fail to be confirmed is if you get one of the two - here they are on the screen, if you lose one of the two Republican senators, Susan Collins or Lisa Murkowski, were both pro-choice".
The Cut reported Monday that advocates are sending Collins wire coat hangers as a graphic reminder of some of the steps historically taken when access to abortion has been restricted.
She said she believed it would be inappropriate to ask a nominee how they would vote on a future case.
When asked on "State of the Union" whether she thought Justice Gorsuch would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, Collins said no, adding that she believes Gorsuch, the co-author of a book on precedent, understands that precedent is essential to the USA judicial system.
Three Democrats, all from states Trump won in 2016, supported Trump's prior pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana.