The latest reports indicate that President Trump will attempt to fill the vacancy left by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, rather than waiting until after the election.
The president is indicating he will try to fill the coveted Supreme Court seat and could announce his nominee within a few days. He tweeted on Saturday morning that he will pursue the task "without delay":
.@GOP We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2020
Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) says a Trump Supreme Court nominee will receive a vote by the full Senate.
"Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise. President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate," McConnell said.
The Senate and the nation mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life.
My full statement: pic.twitter.com/NOwYLhDxIk
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) September 19, 2020
Democrats from presidential candidate Joe Biden to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) want to wait till after the election, hoping they can take control of the Senate, the White House, or both.
"The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president," Schumer tweeted.
The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 18, 2020
But with Republicans controlling the Senate and Trump in charge, they are expected to push ahead immediately rather than waiting for either the White House or Senate to change hands after November's elections.
President Trump could name another woman for the seat, but this time it would be a conservative like U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett who previously clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a leading SUPCO Nominee contender yet again. Conservative Christians in legal circles & beyond love her. Picking a strong conservative Christian woman would surely win @realDonaldTrump accolades from evangelicals. He needs them desperately in November
— David Brody (@DavidBrodyCBN) September 19, 2020