Trump Says Against Postponement Of Senate Vote On Supreme Court Nominee
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 20th September, 2020) US President Donald Trump says he does not agree with Senator Susan Collins' call for waiting until after the November election to fill the Supreme Court vacancy after the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
"President Trump has the constitutional authority to make a nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and I would have no objection to the Senate Judiciary Committee's beginning the process of reviewing his nominee's credentials," Collins said on Saturday, adding, however, that because of the upcoming presidential election "the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the President who is elected on November 3" and the Senate should not vote on the nominee prior to the election.
"I totally disagree with her, we have an obligation, we won, and we have an obligation as the winners to pick who we want. That's not the next president," Trump said, adding "hopefully I'll be the next president." Trump explained that the obligation that he has concerns all US voters who support him.
Trump named Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th Circuit and Barbara Lagoa of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit as possible nominees.
"We are going to fill the seat," Trump said, stressing that "There have been 29 times of vacancy open during an election year or prior to it ... every single time the sitting president made a nomination."
Trump now has the opportunity to expand the Supreme Court's conservative majority to 6 (out of a total of 9) justices.
The Republicans currently hold a 53-47 majority in the US Senate.