President Donald Trump is expected to defy the last wish of the late Supreme Court judge, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and nominate her replacement in the coming days in a rush to rush through a conservative judge before the election.
Trump’s efforts to rush through his own choice, the third Supreme Court judge he is said to have nominated, have already met with backlash from his rival, Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Biden demanded that Trump wait until after the election so that the winner can submit the nomination.
It’s because insiders are suggesting that some Republican senators led by Mitt Romney will lead an uprising to undermine Trump’s chances of a hasty trial.
It was the last wish of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that Trump would not nominate her replacement, but he will defy and nominate it in the coming days.
President Donald Trump speaks Friday about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Rumor has it that he will nominate her replacement in the coming days
Trump’s attempts to rush through his own choice have already met with backlash from his rival, Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who wants to wait until after the election
Late Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a letter to GOP senators asking them not to disclose whether they will choose to vote in the election or which candidate.
McConnell has said he still hopes to complete the nomination process by November.
The Supreme Court and who could be the next judge has now become a major factor in the election, with voters knowing that whoever they elect as their next president can decide the future of the Supreme Court for the next generation.
The long-term direction of the nation’s highest court is at stake, as the closely-divided court currently had five judges with conservative bows and four Liberals.
If Trump elected a conservative judge to replace the liberal Ginsburg, as expected, the court conservatives would have more weight with a 6-3 majority.
Democrats are trying to take control of the White House and the Senate, which has the power to confirm the president’s candidates for the Supreme Court.
The Senate is currently run by 53 Republicans, while Democrats have 45 seats. Two independent parties join the Democrats with the most votes.
Among the 53 Republicans are a few moderates, including Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. Collins is in a tough race for re-election this year in her home state of Maine, which is increasingly democratic.
Ginsburg’s death could affect Collins’ reelection efforts and her stance on whether or not filling the Supreme Court seat should wait for the outcome of the 2020 presidential race.
Senator Mitt Romney will reportedly lead a group of GOP rebels
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has said she will not vote for a candidate before the election
Earlier on Friday, shortly before Ginsburg’s death was announced, Senator Murkowski said if she got a vacancy in court, she would not vote to confirm a candidate in the election.
“I wouldn’t vote to confirm a Supreme Court candidate. We are 50 days away from an election, ”she said according to Alaska News.
She said she made the decision based on the same reasoning that upheld the confirmation of former President Barack Obama’s last candidate to the Supreme Court in the run-up to the 2016 election.
This comment could place Murkowski among a group of rebel GOP senators, possibly led by Mitt Romney, who will abstain or vote Democrats if a candidate is proposed.
What will happen to the Supreme Court vacancy?
CAN THE SENATE FILL THE SEAT FOR THE ELECTION?
Yes, but it would take a breakneck speed. The Supreme Court nominations took about 70 days to pass through the Senate, and the last, for Brett Kavanaugh, took longer.
The election is in 46 days.
Still, there are no set rules for how long the process should take after President Donald Trump announces his choice, and some nominations have gone faster.
It comes down to politics and voting.
WHAT DOES IT NEED TO CONFIRM A NOMINEE?
Only a majority. Republicans control the Senate by a 53-47 margin, meaning they could lose up to three votes and still uphold justice if Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie.
Supreme Court nominations required 60 votes for confirmation if a senator objected, but McConnell changed Senate rules in 2017 to allow for judges’ confirmation with 51 votes.
He did so when the Democrats threatened to file Trump’s first nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch.
WHO ARE THE SENATORS TO WATCH?
With a narrow majority of 53 seats in the Senate, Republicans have few votes left.
Republicans Susan Collins from Maine, Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, Mitt Romney from Utah and others will be among those senators to watch.
It can take several weeks to months between the nomination of a Supreme Court judge by the president and the Senate confirmation vote, as the candidate must undergo a thorough Senate scrutiny and often visit individual senators to support the nomination to build.
This is usually followed by lengthy confirmation hearings in the Senate Committee, culminating in a recommendation on whether the candidate should be confirmed and taken to court.
If Trump were to nominate and achieve his goal of a third Justice before November, the process would have to happen at breakneck speed.
The Supreme Court nominations took about 70 days to pass through the Senate, and the last, for Brett Kavanaugh, took longer.
The election is in 46 days.
Still, there are no set rules for how long the process should take after President Donald Trump announces his choice, and some nominations have gone faster. It comes down to politics and voting.
The last Supreme Court opening was completed in October 2018 by Judge Kavanaugh.
His confirmation faced strong opposition from Senate Democrats and included bitter hearings amid allegations, which he denied, of sexual misconduct decades earlier.
After being nominated by Trump on July 6, the Senate voted for Kavanaugh who joined the court on October 6.
Trump has been remaking the federal bank for a generation, and the new vacancy in the highest court gives the president the opportunity to shape his future for decades to come if he is reelected in November.
The likely bitter battle ahead was reflected in early statements by Republican and Democratic senators playing partisan parties on whether a replacement in Ginsburg should await the election results.
Although Republicans caused a 14-month vacancy in the Supreme Court by their refusal to consider an Obama replacement for Scalia in 2016, Republican Senator Rick Scott said Friday, “ It would be irresponsible to have an extended vacancy in the Supreme Court this time. to allow, ” as he expressed his support for Trump filling the Ginsburg seat.
Democrats reminded Republicans of that slowdown in 2016. And Democratic Senator Chris Coons said, “Given all the challenges our country is facing, now is a time when we need to come together rather than a hasty confirmation process dividing us further.
Since becoming majority Senate leader in 2015, McConnell has drawn much of his attention and exercised his power to fill federal courts with conservative justices nominated by Trump. More than 200 have been installed.
A senior Republican aide to the Senate said of McConnell, “Under no circumstances will he let a (Supreme Court) chair slip.” The assistant added that an important question will be whether McConnell, along with Trump, will try to fill the vacancy before the November 3 election or sometime before January 20, when the next president will be sworn in.
Trump’s two nominees to court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, 53, and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 55, are young nominations, meaning their potential tenure could last for decades.
Mitch McConnell has said he wants the nomination process to take place before the election
If possible, the president is expected to elect a third young candidate, extending his influence on the court.
The current front runner is US Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 48, a devout Catholic and pro-lifer, who will be very concerned with liberals that her anti-abortion stance will lead to the scrapping of the Roe v Wade ruling that legalized abortion. the nation.
Other members of the current court are also in their seventies and eighties, possibly meaning the next president could have the opportunity to fill another vacancy.
Through other members of the court, they are in their 70s and 80s.
Regardless of party, presidents tend to look for the same characteristics in possible Supreme Court choices.
Excellent legal references are a must. And they are usually old enough to have a distinguished legal career, but young enough to serve for decades. That generally means nominees are in their late forties or fifties.
More recently, nominees have also previously worked for a Supreme Court judge, an early sign of legal cleverness. Five of the current judges previously served on the Supreme Court.