Cruz Pitches Mike Lee as Justice Kennedy’s Replacement on Supreme Court

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Collins, a pro-choice centrist who has bucked her party on pivotal votes in the past, will be one of the most closely watched by Democrats and Republicans alike.

Lee would interpret the Constitution and laws according to their original meaning and text. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to the Supreme Court. The prominent Obamacare opponent wrote a Fox News op-ed on Thursday urging the president to appoint conservative Sen.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday at an event in Louisville that he, too, has been talking to the president about the search and believes "the president will make a very high-quality appointment". Also included on the short list is reportedly Senator Lee's brother, Utah Supreme Court Justice Thomas Lee.

Although Cruz has depicted his championing of Lee as being motivated primarily by ideology, it may not hurt that the two of them are also good friends. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and former Sen. The administration is preparing roll-out plans for the leading contenders, and hopes to have a decision on the top one or two names in the next couple of days, so staff can conduct a deep-dive background ahead of the possible prime-time event, according to a senior administration official granted anonymity to discuss the plans.

"Usually what will happen is that we'll meet and first determine how long should the period be for the seeking of memoranda while we at that time also do our background checks". "You're going to have to do some outreach to people across the aisle if you're going to have any chance of defeating anyone outside the judicial mainstream". But Paul has repeatedly yielded to Trump's personal lobbying to back his nominees and legislation, often citing unspecified concessions from the president. "We can go through the fact that uh he's made some statements that some have identified correctly as religiously intolerant".

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Two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, have previously expressed support for women's reproductive rights and now find themselves prime targets for pressure and protest.

"Now look, these things are not something that I couldn't get over if I heard the right things out of him".

"I'm amazed that people on both sides of the aisle have already committed to voting either for or against a nominee whose identity they do not know", she added.

Lee, a member of the Judiciary Committee who was elected to the Senate in 2010, served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Judge Samuel Alito. "Every president is remembered for his nominations to the Supreme Court - and not always positively". Both senators voted against the Republican health care reform bill previous year. Former House speaker and Trump ally Newt Gingrich tweeted Monday: "Judge Amy Coney Barrett would make an outstanding Supreme Court Justice".

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