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President Trump met with a bipartisan group of six senators in the White house on Thursday to discuss the evening, the Supreme court vacancy left by the upcoming retirement of judge Anthony Kennedy.
The President met in person with Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N. D., Joe Manchin, D-W. Va.; and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement, “The President’s team spoke with more than a dozen other senators to get the today as part of the ongoing outreach, views and advice from both sides of the aisle on this important nomination.”
Collins, Donnelly, Heitkamp, Manchin, and Murkowski are seen votes as a potential “swing” in the battle over Kennedy’s replacement. The Republicans currently hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, a narrow margin, which is effectively 50-49 in the absence of John McCain, who is recovering from brain cancer treatment. This means that the Republicans pick up not effectively lose any and all support for President trump.
Murkowski has vowed to be nominated, a careful review of the Trump, and said: “there is no doubt, to the success of the President’s nominees, justice Kennedy, you can expect demanding review by the Senate, and that is the standard I … “
Collins, meanwhile, declared that the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which is to codify the right to abortion “, according to settled case-law,” adding, “I always look for judges who respect precedent.”
In spite of the difficult balancing act Republicans face, all three Democrats, the difficult race with Trump on Thursday re-election and could find it difficult to resist the President’s second pick.
Heitkamp will meet with Trump was a day after the race, campaigned for your opponent, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, North Dakota Senate. In a statement, Heitkamp said she and Trump had “a solid discussion about the Supreme court vacancy,” adding that they “stressed the importance of nominating someone to the Supreme Court, which is pragmatic, fair, compassionate, committed to justice and the policy features that match Justice Kennedy, and I know are important to North Dakotans.”
Donnelly said he had a “good conversation” with trump and “thoroughly check the record and qualifications” of the candidates. Manchin called his meeting “productive”.
All five of the “swing” senators voted to confirm Trump the first nominee for the court, Neil from gorsuch, in the last year.
Fox News’ Jason Donner, Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.