Fate Of Supreme Court Nominee Should Hinge On Presidential Race - Collins

Who will succeed Ginsburg on the US Supreme Court?

"We will have a nominee very soon", he said, adding that there were about 45 people on his list, but he does have a "short list" for potential nominees. "That's what we're going to do".

She was the second woman ever to serve as a justice on the nation's highest court.

Earlier, he praised two women as possible replacements: conservatives he elevated to federal appeals courts.

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals".

A combination photo of Barbara Lagoa (L) and Amy Coney Barrett (R).

Amy Coney Barrett, 48, is emerging as the frontrunner for the job. A devout Roman Catholic, she was a legal scholar at Notre Dame Law School in IN before Trump appointed her to the 7th Circuit in 2017.

Having a solidified conservative Supreme Court is prone to the overturn of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion, which would reignite heated battles over one of the country's most polarizing issues on the campaign trail. Prior to that, she spent less than a year in her previous position as the first Latina on the Florida Supreme Court, after more than a decade as a judge on an intermediate appeals court.

Kethledge, a 53-year-old judge originally appointed by George W. Bush, now serves on the federal appeals court for the Sixth Circuit, which includes the Great Lakes state.

After graduating from Columbia Law School, she practised both civil and criminal law before becoming a prosecutor.

People mourn the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC, the United States, September 18, 2020.


It could still be a man.

If Democratic nominee Joe Biden beats Trump in the presidential election, Democrats would only need a net gain of three seats for a majority in Senate, as Biden's running mate Kamala Harris would be chairing the Senate and on hand to break 50-50 ties.

The newspaper states the newest addition to Trump's list includes James Ho, who was born in Taiwan and now sits on the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

While ActBlue doesn't share where donations go in real-time, the surge in grassroots energy appears focused on the Senate, which holds the power to confirm or block the nominee selected by Trump. "Given the proximity of the presidential election, however, I do not believe that the Senate should vote on the nominee prior to the election", she wrote.

But not all Republicans agree this should happen.

On the Republican side, however, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who blocked a Senate hearing of an Obama appointee shortly ahead of the 2016 election to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia who died in February that year, said Friday that the Senate will vote on Trump's nominee to fill the vacancy Ginsburg left.

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has triggered a Republican rush to appoint a conservative jurist for the vacancy, leaving incumbent Republican senators being challenged in the November race with a tough choice - either support President Donald Trump's push for a nomination before November, which has the potential of disrupting their campaigns, or boycotting the move in order to stand a better chance of winning the upcoming congressional election.

If Republicans do prove successful in pushing through a nominee before the election, and Democrats then win the presidency and take control of the Senate, there will be "immense pressure" on them to "pack the court" as a corrective measure, added Sloan, referencing a term that traces back to the 1937 legislative effort by then-President Franklin D Roosevelt to extend the Supreme Court from nine to up to 15 judges.

But Iowa's other senator, Joni Ernst, who is also a Republican, is facing an unexpectedly tough reelection battle.

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