Presidential advisor Leonard Leo said Sunday that warnings from Democrats that Republicans are plotting to overturn the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion were only "a scare tactic, and speculation more than anything else."
Leo, who is "on leave" from the Federalist Society to aid President Trump in selecting a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, said despite these concerns Republicans in the Senate "can get anybody confirmed" thanks to the rule changes instituted by former Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid about ten years ago.
Trump is set to announce his pick in a primetime announcement Monday night, and his shortlist is thought to include judges Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett and Raymond Kethledge, all of whom are thought to be pro-life.
"We’ve been talking about this for 36 years, going all the way back to the nomination of Sandra O’Connor,” Leo said about the abortion debate. "And after that 36 year period, we only have a single individual on the court who has expressly said he would overturn Roe. So I think it’s a bit of a scare tactic and ranks speculation more than anything else."
"My goal, first and foremost, has always been to find people to serve on the court who believe in the constitution as it’s written," he said. "And that’s really ultimately what drives the conservative legal movement…I’m very confident with this president’s enthusiasm and with Leader McConnell’s enthusiasm that they can get anybody confirmed."