Leahy and Scott: No Vote on a Trump Nominee to Replace Ginsburg

Carla Harmon
September 20, 2020

"With less than fifty days until the upcoming election - and an anxious, divided America watching - Senator McConnell should honor Justice Ginsburg's life and legacy by abiding by her final wish that this vacancy not be filled until the election has been decided". Maine Sen. Susan Collins already said she opposes voting on a nominee before the election.

When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow the Senate to consider any Obama nominee, this editorial page criticized him for his argument that the seat must be left unfulfilled so that the voters could have a say in the selection of the next justice.

Baker had tweeted Friday night that Ginsburg was "a force of nature and a role model for so many women and all Americans".

To her right, a group of people read out a Hebrew prayer. Told by reporters of Ginsburg's death after a rally in Minnesota, Trump said he was sad to hear the news.

National Public Radio reported that Ginsburg told her granddaughter Clara Spera just before she died: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed". "She was an unbelievable woman - whether you agreed or not - she was an incredible woman who led an awesome life", he said.

"She inspired women around the world to do more and fight harder".

The president released a statement on the passing of Ginsburg later on in the evening, in which he referred to her as a "titan of the law".

Trump frequently touts the hundreds of federal judges, including Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, appointed and confirmed during his tenure, even if he often inflates the total number.

With Ginsburg's death at age 87, the US Supreme Court could fall into the conservative camp for a long time.

"I hope before the politics begin - because there will be plenty of time for that - that we have some time for this country to reflect on a great woman who led our nation's highest court and the work that she has done for this nation, whether you agree or not", Gardner said.

But her death just over six weeks before Election Day is likely to set off a heated battle over whether President Donald Trump should nominate, and the Republican-led Senate should confirm, her replacement, or if the seat should remain vacant until the outcome of his race against Democrat Joe Biden is known.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said on Friday that "there is no doubt" that the victor of November's presidential election should pick Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement. The Senate must vote on any Supreme Court nominee.

"All this election stuff and we signed an [executive order] on this or that - it doesn't matter", a White House official said.

Scott's 2018 victory over former Democratic Sen. He said Republican Senators are now "called to apply that standard". Stevens's confirmation in 1975 took 19 days, O'Connor's confirmation in 1981 took 33 days, and Ginsburg's confirmation in 1993 took 42 days.

"My heart goes out to all those who cared for her and care about her", he said in brief remarks to reporters late Friday.

Biden added that no new justice should be considered until after the November election.

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