President Donald Trump's push to widen the US Supreme Court's conservative majority received a boost on Tuesday as a longtime rival, Republican Senator Mitt Romney, said the Senate should move forward with a vote on his replacement for liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
On Monday, Democrats were dealt a major setback when Republican Senators Cory Gardner - who is trailing Democrat John Hickenlooper in the Colorado Senate race - and Chuck Grassley of Iowa both supported holding a vote on a nominee before the election.
"We've got the votes to confirm the justice on the floor of the Senate before the election and that's what's coming".
"I will announce it either Friday or Saturday", Trump said, later telling reporters at the White House that he was zeroing in on one or two candidates among five considered.
But those efforts are unlikely to delay Trump's plan to put his third justice in the high court. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska for opposing a vote before elections. There's only one way - one way for us to have some hope of coming together again, trusting each other again lowering the temperature - moving forward - and that is for four fearless Senate Republicans to commit to rejecting any nominee until the next president is installed.
"I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the President's nominee".
"If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications". Many believe the most likely pick is Judge Amy Coney Barrett of 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.
Sen. Mitt Romney R-Utah leaves the Senate Chamber following a vote at the Capitol in Washington Sept. 21 2020
Trump met with Barrett at the White House on Monday and has said he might meet with Lagoa in Florida later this week.
Eight times in the nation's history vacancies have arisen during an election year when the White House and Senate were controlled by the same party. They just might compel him, in accord with public sentiment, to support balancing the Court so it's more reflective of the deep values of the American people rather than the panicked preferences of politicians fearing defeat. The AP notes her close ties to the Trump administration and relative lack of experience may provide Democrats points of attack in a potential confirmation hearing, though without a judicial record there may be little material for them to use. According to reports, Barret is also considered to have an advantage because she previously underwent the vetting process.
Democrats have cried foul over what they view as hypocrisy after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blocked confirmation hearings for Merrick Garland, former President Barack Obama's pick to replace conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016. McConnell on Monday reaffirmed his vow that a vote would be held this year.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Sept. 21, 2020.
In 2016, McConnell did not bring up then-President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland for a vote, saying the American people should first have a say in the presidential election that would take place nearly nine months later.
With just over a month before the election, McConnell said the Senate has "more than sufficient time", though most confirmations have typically taken over two months.
McConnell can afford to lose only three of his conference members and still keep a Trump nominee on track to a final confirmation vote. Beyond that, he said, they have few other tools if the nominee has enough Republican votes. Regarding her candidacy, Trump said that she is "highly thought of", pointing out that he does not know her, but "I hear she is outstanding".
"I remember her teaching me in that moment, by example, and by her words, that you have to figure things out for yourself", Mortara said.