Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday he supports a vote to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg seat in the U.S. Supreme Court, who is backing President Donald Trump as the nomination on Democratic objections is very close to November. Election.
Romney released a statement.
“If the nominees reach the Senate floor, I think they should vote based on their qualifications,” Romney said.
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The Senate Judiciary Chair, which defends the nomination through the Chamber, says Republicans have the votes needed for certification – although the nominee has not been announced.
“Every Republican nominee on the Judiciary Committee is going to be supported,” Chair Lindsay Graham told Fox News late Monday. “We got the votes to ensure justice on the Senate floor before the election, the same is coming.”
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Republican Sen. Susan Collins will vote against the Trump nominee
Maine Sen. Susan Collins, the first Republican senator to say that the Supreme Court will vote against Trump’s choice for a vacancy if a vote is taken before election day.
When Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, Collins said he would vote “no” because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to consider the Supreme Court nomination of President Barack Obama.
That was nine months before the presidential election that year. McConnell then said voters should decide which president to nominate. This time, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died 46 days before Election Day.
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also said she was opposed to voting on the nominee before the election.
More mayhem in the presidential election campaign
Four Republicans could quickly stop the diagnosis. Trump criticized Collins and Murkowski, warning that they would “hurt voters very badly.”
The growing conflict over a vacant seat – when to fill it and with whom – stands as a new turmoil in the presidential election campaign that is yet to drive the country out of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 200,000 Americans, raising millions of unemployed and partisan tensions and anger.
Both sides are mobilizing for a confirmation fight that has been put on hold by key issues before the court – including health care, abortion admission and the potential outcome of the upcoming presidential election.
Democrats point to hypocrisy among Republicans in the run-up to the November 3 election after Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell led the Republican Party in refusing to vote for Merrick Garland in 2016.
Republican Senator Mitt Romney says Trump supports a vote on the Supreme Court nominee. The GOP had 53 votes, while the Democrats had 47 votes; 2 Republicans say they oppose the vote, but Democrats still need 2 defections. Romney is widely regarded as one of those who do so. pic.twitter.com/UwzhqQpJMY
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Romney, like McConnell, told reporters Tuesday that the situation is different this time around because both the White House and the Senate are controlled by the same party.
“I came towards the constitution and I studied it [made] The decision was made on that basis, “he said.
Trump will announce the nominee on Saturday
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said voters should first speak out on election day and fill the White House winning vacancy. Biden appealed to Republicans to meet with Murkowski and Collins to oppose the pre-election confirmation vote.
Meanwhile, Trump announced in a tweet on Saturday that he would announce his choice to replace the late Ginsburg, as the Senate went to war with the Democrats.
At a Trump rally later Monday in Ohio, people chanted “Fill the seat.”
Republicans have a 53-47 majority in the House and can administer justice with a simple majority.
Just a month before the election, McConnell said the Senate had “more than enough time”, although most confirmations usually took two months.
Sandra Day O’Connor – without opposition from any party – has not won any nominee certification since becoming the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court in 1981.
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The president met with conservative Justice Amy Connie Barrett at the White House on Monday and told reporters he would interview other candidates and meet with Judge Barbara Lago when he travels to Florida later this week. Conversations in the White House and McConnell’s office focused mostly on Barrett and Lagova, who granted anonymity to discuss private talks.
Barrett, 48, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, is a strong contender for the seat that eventually went to Brett Kavanagh in 2018. At the time, Trump said he was “saving” Barrett for the Ginsburg seat.
She is a clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit and a clerk at the Supreme Court for Scalia.
Barrett has long been sympathetic to the process of interpreting the so-called constitution of originality, in which judges try to understand the true meanings of the texts in deciding cases. Many liberals say this policy does not allow the constitution to change over time.
Trump agreed that he would elect a woman and that politics would play a role. He allowed another election battlefield state of Michigan and White House officials confirmed that he was referring to Federal Court of Appeals Judge John Larsen there.
The president suggested that Allison Jones Rushing, a 38-year-old appellate judge from North Carolina, be on his shortlist. His team is also actively considering White House Deputy Councilor Kate Todd, who is not always a judge, but a clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas.
Ginsberg, 87, died Friday of metastatic pancreatic cancer. She will be lying in the state at US Capitol this week, the first woman to receive that honor. First, her casket must be in view on the High Court stairs.