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The list has existed since Trump began searching for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement at the beginning of Trump's presidential term, which ultimately led to the appointment of Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch.

"It has been established as a constitutional right for 45 years and was reaffirmed 26 years ago", Collins told ABC.

The president interviewed four candidates on Monday and has said he plans to reveal his choice on July 9.

The Quinnipiac poll said voters wanted the high court to be a check on Trump by 65 percent to 24 percent.

Before Kennedy's retirement, the four judges who were appointed by Democratic presidents had an average age of 71.5 years, nearly five years more than the five judges appointed by Republicans.

President HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has in consultation with the council of state appointed four new justices to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, but anti-abortion advocates hope Roe v. Wade will soon be overruled if Trump gets the chance to appoint a justice who could cast a potentially decisive vote against it.

McGahn will be supported by a White House team that includes spokesman Raj Shah, taking a leave from the press office to work full time on "communications, strategy and messaging coordination with Capitol Hill allies".

President Donald Trump said he is unlikely to specifically ask potential Supreme Court nominees their position on Roe v. Wade, but suggested they will still be likely to return abortion policy to the states.

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"There is keen interest in those two, but there are at least a couple of others who are still very seriously in the mix", said the person.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said the four "are outstanding people and they are really incredible people in so many different ways, academically and in every other way".

That tact can go a long way to find a justice who would rule against abortion rights without triggering widespread opposition. Susan Collins, Nelson noted, says she will not support a nominee who does not fully recognize the importance of judicial precedence, and "Roe v. Wade has been judicial precedent now going on 40 years".

Trump says he will "probably not" ask potential nominees their thoughts on Roe v. Wade.

Sunday morning on Meet the Press, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) said this will be a key vote for everyone in the Senate. That judicial approach typically involves a more literal interpretation of the Constitution as compared to broader rulings such as Roe.

Trump met with Kavanaugh, Barrett, Thapar and Kethledge on Monday, the Washington Post reported, citing three people briefed on the meetings.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate and have enough time to confirm a candidate before the midterm elections in November, when a third of the seats in the Senate will be contested.

The White House also announced Monday that the overall confirmation process would be led by White House counsel Donald McGahn, as it was during the process that led to the successful confirmation previous year of Justice Neil Gorsuch. Vice President Mike Pence can break a tie.