McConnell tees up Supreme Court confirmation battle ahead of November’s election: Report

Following Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s tragic death last week, President Donald Trump announced his intention to quickly nominate her replacement before November’s election.

Now, according to The Hill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has made clear that he is ready to move ahead in preparing for a Senate confirmation vote, in spite of a flurry of outrage from Democrats and threats that they will retaliate.

“As we all know, the president is going to be sending up a nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy later this week,” the Kentucky Republican said in a statement Tuesday, as The Hill reported.

He went on: “I anticipate, we all anticipate, it’s going to be an extremely well-qualified woman, and with regard to the schedule, after that announcement, Chairman Lindsey Graham [R-SC] will lay out the plan for handling the nomination before the Judiciary Committee.”

“You reap what you sow”

Sen. Graham has also said he is on board with filling the vacant seat, pointing to the Democrats’ vicious treatment of Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 as being part of the reason.

“Being lectured by Democrats about how to handle judicial nominations is like an arsonist advising the Fire Department,” the South Carolina Republican wrote in a tweet Sunday.

“Democrats chose to set in motion rules changes to stack the court at the Circuit level and they chose to try to destroy Brett Kavanaugh’s life to keep the Supreme Court seat open,” he added. “You reap what you sow.”

Former Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) also supports holding a vote on whoever the president nominates, as The Des Moines Register reports.

“Once the hearings are underway, it’s my responsibility to evaluate the nominee on the merits, just as I always have,” Grassley told the paper.

Frontrunner status

President Trump announced this week that he will reveal his selection to fill Ginsburg’s seat on Saturday, and said the nominee will be a woman, Fox News reported.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is widely considered to be the frontrunner for the nomination. Trump reportedly met with Barrett at the White House on Monday, a move that “cements her status” as a frontrunner, The Hill reported separately.

Another judge believed to be a frontrunner is former Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Lagoa, a Cuban-American from Miami who was appointed by Trump to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2019.

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