Senate Republicans are developing plans to begin confirmation hearings around Oct. 12 for President
The plan could lead to a final vote by the full Senate by the week of Oct. 26, according to people familiar with the process. But Democrats, who say Ginsburg’s seat should be determined by the winner of the November presidential election, could use procedural maneuvers to delay the process and are expressing anger over an expedited process that conflicts with past practices.
“Nothing official has been announced yet,” said Taylor Reidy, a spokeswoman for the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Trump has said he will announce his nominee on Saturday. The president is currently leaning toward choosing
“I have a pretty good idea. I haven’t made a final decision, but pretty good idea,” the president said Tuesday in an interview with WGN America.
The committee hearings could begin as soon as Oct. 8, but it’s more likely they will begin Oct. 12, two of the people familiar with the plans said.
The Judiciary Committee allows the minority party to delay its votes to advance nominations to the floor of the Senate by one week after it meets for its own tally -- which in turn is usually a week or more after the hearings. But Judiciary Chair
“There are things in here that they’re clearly just going to sweep aside,” Durbin, who said he had not seen the tentative GOP plan, said in an interview. “They’re hell bent on getting this done as fast as possible. They think it helps Donald Trump get re-elected.”
“This entire process is a charade,” she said in a statement. “This president shouldn’t even be nominating a replacement to Justice Ginsburg’s seat so close to an election. Republicans are only compounding that mistake by rushing the process.”
Another member of the GOP leadership team, Senator
“I think that’s perfectly fine,” he said of Graham’s plan to confirm a nominee before the elections. “I think if somehow we can’t hit those marks we’re still going to vote on this. But we should have plenty of time.”
Before the nomination fight kicks off, Trump plans to visit the Supreme Court on Thursday to “pay his respects” to Ginsburg, the White House said.
Ginsburg is lying in repose at the high court on Wednesday and Thursday, allowing the public to view her casket under the court’s front portico. On Friday, the pioneering justice will become the first woman ever to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.
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