“The historical precedent of election year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own. The Constitution gives the President the power to nominate and the Senate the authority to provide advice and consent on Supreme Court nominees,” Romney said in a assertion. “Accordingly, I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the President’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.”
With momentum from their convention behind a fast vote, GOP leaders at the moment are making clear they’re pressing ahead to get the nomination confirmed before Election Day, which might quantity to one of the quickest proceedings in fashionable instances. And it comes regardless of Senate Republicans’ refusal to move on then-President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to a seat in 2016 after they said his choice — eight months before November — was too close to the elections.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune told CNN on Tuesday, “I think it would be a good idea to move forward.” He said the timing just isn’t nailed down but and Republican senators will talk about it at lunch Tuesday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a full-throated protection of his decision to move forward shortly with a Supreme Court affirmation course of so close to an election.
“Moving ahead with a vote on the forthcoming Supreme Court nomination will be consistent with both history and precedent,” McConnell said in remarks on the ground.
McConnell and different Republicans have been warding off accusations from Democrats of hypocrisy over transferring forward with a new nomination now after blocking Obama’s nominee to the excessive court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016.
The high-stakes election year battle over the addition of a new justice to the Supreme Court stands to have profound penalties, both for the court by pushing it in a more conservative course for many years to come and for the continued combat for management of Congress and the White House.
Senate Republicans at the moment are laying the groundwork for a fast affirmation course of and vote, together with planning October affirmation hearings.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that the committee plans to hold three days of hearings for the SCOTUS nominee in October.
“Yeah, trying to keep the process like we had before,” said Graham, a South Carolina Republican, when requested if the committee will hold three days of hearings.
Thune said that he expects that once the Senate finishes the federal government funding bill — both this week or next — most senators will leave city for much of October as was deliberate before the passing of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Senators up for reelection are anxious to get home to marketing campaign.
Meanwhile, members of the Judiciary Committee will work to put together for hearings, assembly with the nominee, and ultimately convening hearings.
A brand new justice on the Supreme Court before November 3 might have main implications for future excessive court selections over well being care or any election year disputes.
Graham, who’s up for reelection, touted Barrett, telling reporters, “I think she’d be a great choice.”
Romney said Barrett when requested his view, “I haven’t reviewed her judicial record to this point. And will look forward to doing so if she’s the nominee.”
Asked by CNN if Barrett is chosen whether or not that may deliver the difficulty of abortion front and heart within the election, Graham downplayed the likelihood, and replied: “I think every issue is gonna be thrown at the nominee.”
Currently, there are 53 GOP senators — which means Republicans can solely lose three votes to advance the nomination if Vice President Mike Pence stepped in to forged a tie-breaking vote.
It is unclear if there might be any additional defections inside GOP ranks.
Adding additional momentum to an election-year Supreme Court affirmation, Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia also got here out on Tuesday in favor of transferring forward with the method.
“President Trump and the Republican Senate, both elected by the American people, should act to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Ginsburg’s passing,” the West Virginia Republican wrote in a assertion on Tuesday.
Romney on Tuesday declined to talk about a hypothetical of a lame duck session vote on the vacant seat if Trump loses the election.
“I’m not going to look at all the hypotheticals that might occur,” he said. “But I’ve laid out what I intend to do and that would be… not dependent upon the timing.”
Pressed additional, Romney replied, “I’ve indicated what I intend to do is to proceed with the consideration process and if a nominee actually reaches the floor, that I will vote and based upon the qualifications of that nominee.”
This story has been up to date with additional developments Tuesday.
CNN’s Ted Barrett and Ali Zaslav contributed to this report.