Trump tweets about filling Ginsburg's seat 'without delay'

Trump to GOP: We owe it to ourselves to fill the vacancy of the Ginsburg Supreme Court “without delay”

“@GOP We have been in this position of power and importance in making decisions for the people who have proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been the selection of judges of the United States Supreme Court. We have this obligation, without delay. ! ” Trump wrote Twitter.
Ginsburg’s death – and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s next statement Friday that “Trump’s candidate will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate” – a political battle for the future of the court begins less than two months before Election Day on November 3. The vacancy on the bench creates as much Conservatives see as a chance for a generation to shift the composition of the court from its current split from five Conservative judges and four Liberal judges to a more dominant 6-3 majority.
CNN reported earlier that the President was “running” to propose a replacement for the liberal judiciary, even before Jinsburg’s death on Friday, and that the possibility of choosing her successor has been on his mind, according to a source close to the President.

The source told CNN that Trump specifically said he “would like to choose” the federal appeal of Amy Coney Barrett, who is popular with religious conservatives but doubts he will secure support from the US Senate.

Barrett is among Trump list of 20 potential Conservative candidates he released earlier this month in a bid to galvanize his base.

A senior administration official told CNN that the White House was prepared to move “very quickly” when proposing a candidate to replace Ginsburg as soon as Trump announced his intentions.

In a message to GOP senators Friday, McConnell did not specify a timeline for the nomination, but made it clear he believed there was enough time to run for office this year. While candidates usually take two to three months to process, McConnell, who controls a majority in the Senate, could follow the process quickly.

Conservatives are pushing McConnell behind the scenes to consider moving ahead of the November election to fill the vacancy – possibly leaving the conference divided over which timetable is best.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News on Friday that he believes Trump should appoint a successor to the court next week.

Ultimately, it will be McConnell’s decision, not the one he will take without advice from its members in the coming days.

Speaking to reporters Saturday morning, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany was asked by CNN’s Joe Johns if the president had contacted McConnell or other Senate Republicans about the next steps.

“No, as far as I know,” he replied, adding, “At the moment, the President is focusing on the value of the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

He called on Democratic presidential spokesman Joe Biden to publish a list of potential Supreme Court candidates so voters could know where he was.

Ahead of the news of Ginsburg’s death, Biden told reporters on Friday that he did not believe he would release any names of possible Supreme Court justice candidates before the election.

Trump tried to pressure his opponent to release a similar list saying that Biden “refused” to do so “perhaps because he knows the names are so far removed that they could never withstand public scrutiny or acceptance.”

This story has been updated with additional developments on Saturday.

CNN’s Sam Fossum, Joe Johns, Lauren Fox, Jim Acosta, Kevin Liptak, Kaitlan Collins and Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.

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