Despite opposition’s concern, Donald Trump has decided to proceed in declaring the Supreme Court Justice nominee on Friday or Saturday.
With just 40 days for the US Senate to hold a confirmation vote for the Supreme Court Justice before the Presidential elections 2020, no nominee has won confirmation so quickly since 1981. Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman to serve as a Supreme Court Justice to get that honour of a quick appointment. The then US President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’Connor for the post. Just within a month after getting nominated, O’Connor was confirmed with 99-0 votes.
Now, Trump has confirmed some of the contenders which include Indiana’s Amy Coney Barrett, Florida’s Barbara Lagoa, and Allison Jones a 38-year-old appellate judge from North Carolina. Trump said
We have the presidency and the Senate and we have plenty of time,
I think that would be good for the Republican Party and I think it would be good for everybody to get it over with.
Barrett has been a long time favourite among conservatives. However, Trump has promised to nominate a woman for the High Court.
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But Joe Biden and other Democrats are of the opinion that the nomination process should start only after the US Presidential Elections completion. Biden said
Uphold your constitutional duty, your conscience,
Let the people speak. Cool the flames that have engulfed our country.
The last thing we need is a constitutional crisis that plunges us deeper into the abyss and deeper into the darkness,
He acknowledged that if Trump wins, his pick should be approved.
If I win this election, President Trump’s nominee should be withdrawn and as the new president I should be the one to nominate Justice Ginsburg’s successor.
But most Republicans are of the opinion that the 9 member court should have more control for them. For that reason, the hurry for the nomination has speeded up. Republicans hold a 53-47 edge in the Senate.
While some of the opponents of Trump are referring to the situation in 2016 and President Barack Obama’s step, Trump has disparaged such practices.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, died Friday of metastatic pancreatic cancer has created the vacancy for the post of Cheif Justice in United States Supreme court.