Graham: Senate will confirm Trump’s Supreme Court pick before election

Graham: Senate will confirm Trump’s Supreme Court pick before election”

The death of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has set up a brutal nomination fight in the midst of a presidential campaign.

"I'd much rather have a vote before the election, because there's a lot of work to be done and I'd much rather have it", Mr. Trump said. I think it sends a good signal.

But on Monday, he said there was "zero chance" that Democrats wouldn't try to fill a Supreme Court vacancy if they controlled both the presidency and the Senate as Republicans now do.

"That was Justice Ginsburg's dying wish".

Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Ginsburg will lie in state in the Capitol on Friday. But if Donald Trump's nomination of a Conservative judge is voted in by the Senate before the November election, the Supreme Court will be stacked with judges opposing abortion rights. But the outcome of that process will affect many contentious issues including abortion rights.

Mr. Trump said he "may" visit Judge Lagoa on an upcoming trip to Miami.

"We're going to have a process that you'll be proud of". The leading candidates are reportedly federal Appeals Court Judges Amy Coney Barrett of the Seventh Circuit and Barbara Lagoa of the 11th Circuit. He said their appellate rulings "abide by the Constitution" and that they personally adhere to "very high moral values".

"I want you to use my words against me: If there's a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the a year ago of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said let's let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination", GOP Sen.

Amy Coney Barrett
FILE- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gestures to students before she speaks at Amherst College in Amherst Massachusetts Oct. 3 2019

Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Lagoa, now a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, poses in a photograph from 2019 obtained September 19, 2020.

McConnell also invoked the option in 2017, doing away with filibusters on Supreme Court nominees.

Trump said without evidence that he did not believe the National Public Radio report that Ginsburg had told her granddaughter she did not want the Senate to consider a successor until next year, when either Trump will begin a second term or Democratic rival Joe Biden, who leads in opinion polls, will take office. Trump met with Barrett at the White House on Monday, according to a source familiar with the situation.

"If you have the Senate, you can do what you want", Trump said.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said any vote should take place next year.

"The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement on Friday night. "And there is even more overwhelming precedent behind the fact that this Senate will vote on this nomination this year", he said.

Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who Democrats see as a potential holdout, avoided questions about the Supreme Court seat on Monday.

"We should honor that mandate", he said, speaking from the Senate floor.

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