Trump said he’ll likely announce his pick at 5 p.m. on Saturday in Washington, setting an accelerated timetable as Senator
Trump thanked Romney at a rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night.
His backing likely clears the way for a confirmation vote either before or just after the Nov. 3 election to decide control of the White House and Congress next year. Senator
Senate Majority Leader
“When the nomination comes out of committee then I’ll decide when and how to proceed,” McConnell said.
Ginsburg’s death and the fight to fill the seat undoubtedly will dominate the closing six weeks of the campaign, and could be decisive in Trump’s battle with
But those efforts are unlikely to delay Trump’s plan to put his third justice in the high court. While GOP Senators
Romney, who has opposed Trump and even broke party ranks in voting to remove him after he was impeached, had been considered a possible ally for Democrats’ efforts to delay a confirmation. Until Tuesday.
“The historical precedent of election-year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own,” Romney said in a statement. “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.”
Trump is moving toward nominating
Barrett met with Trump and separately with White House Counsel
Trump, in an interview with WGN America on Tuesday, said of the process, “I have a pretty good idea. I haven’t made a final decision, but pretty good idea.”
Another closely watched Republican, West Virginia Senator
Graham said he expects that his committee’s confirmation hearings will last as long as they typically do, which is a total of four days.
“We’re going to try to keep the process like we’ve had it before,” Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said.
Senate Minority Leader
He and other Democrats have cited the stance taken by numerous Republicans in 2016, when they prevented then-President
“If a Senate majority over the course of six years steals two Supreme Court seats using completely contradictory rationales, how could we expect to trust the other side again?” said the New York Democrat.
He accused Republicans of engaging in an “absolutely hypocritical, treacherous rush” to fill the vacant court slot.
Nevertheless, Democrats already are conceding that there is little they can do to slow down the confirmation process or prevent McConnell from getting his vote on the Senate floor. Durbin, who’s also a senior member of the Judiciary panel, said his party can hold up the committee vote advancing the pick by a week. Beyond that, he said, they have few other tools if the nominee has enough Republican votes.
“I’ve been around here a few years,” Durbin said. “You can slow things down, but you can’t stop them. There comes a point. We will use whatever tools we have available, but ultimately there will be a vote.”
(Updates with Trump quote, in 14th paragraph.)
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