President Trump could potentially introduce a nominee who will overturn the long-standing ruling, and is expected to announce his decision on Monday.
Schumer also warned the president that nominating a jurist who would be hostile to Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established a woman's right to an abortion, and to Obama's signature health-care law, would be "cataclysmic" and damage Trump's legacy, the person added, requesting anonymity since they were not authorized to speak publicly. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who is not said to be under serious consideration by the White House but is the only lawmaker Trump has considered for the position.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, wrote in a Fox News op-ed that Lee would be a "sure thing", warning Republican presidents have seriously erred, choosing former justices William Brennan, John Paul Stevens and Harry Blackmun, the author of the Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Conservative groups rallied around Barrett after her confirmation hearing previous year featured questioning from Democrats over how her Roman Catholic faith would affect her decisions. A former justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, she graduated from NU and Marquette University Law School. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., when the Senate Judiciary Committee considered her nomination to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
CSPAN Amy Coney Barrett at her Senate confirmation hearing in 2017.
"We only have 49 votes", one Democratic aide familiar with the messaging strategy tells TIME. Earlier in the week, he spoke with seven of them. "They are shaped by love of Holy Scripture, prayer and community; and the Church's mission is richer for their presence".
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The Washington Post reports that during a call last week between Trump and Schumer, which lasted less than five minutes, the NY senator made the case to the president that selecting Garland would be a great way to unite the country.
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. And Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have set themselves up as key swing votes.
The AP cited a source saying Sen. Kavanaugh worked in Bush's White House. Some conservative activists have expressed concern about Kavanaugh's two decades in Washington.
On Kavanaugh, Trump has asked people about his connections to George W. Bush, following public criticisms from some conservatives about those ties.
If Lee is confirmed, he would join the rare rankings of American Supreme Court justices who are better known for their careers in non-judicial and elected offices.
Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mold of Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch; both once served as law clerks to Kennedy.