President Donald Trump indicated that he would officially name a nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg reported NPR. Justice Ginsburg died last Friday at the age of 87 from complications from cancer.
Trump said that he will wait until the end of the week for his announcement. “I think it will be on Friday or Saturday, and we want to pay respect,” the president said. “It looks like we will have probably services on Thursday or Friday, as I understand it, and I think in all due respect we should wait until the services are over for Justice Ginsburg.” Trump tweeted, “I will be announcing my Supreme Court Nominee on Saturday, at the White House! Exact time TBA.”
According to USA Today Trump is going to meet with appeals court judge Barbara Lagoa in Miami on Friday. He has already met with appeals court judge Amy Coney Barrett, another likely contender for the position, on Monday. The president has said that he will nominate a woman to replace the feminist icon Ginsburg on the nation’s highest court.
The president is thought to have narrowed his selection pool to five women. USA Today reported that others under consideration are U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals judge Allison Rushing, appeals court judge Joan Larson of Michigan, and Kate Todd of the White House counsel’s office. Barrett and Lagoa, though, are widely considered to be the favorites for the nomination. The president said that “Most of them [the potential nominees] are young, and they’ve gone through the [nomination] process very recently,” indicating that the Senate confirmation process should be a rapid one.
Ginsburg’s final statement indicated that she wanted the next president to name her replacement, but the president expressed doubt about the validity of the request. “I don’t know that she said that, or was that written out by Adam Schiff and Schumer and Pelosi?” Trump said. “I would be more inclined to the second, OK, you know? That came out of the wind. It sounds so beautiful, but that sounds like a Schumer deal, or maybe a Pelosi or Shifty Schiff.” In any case, Supreme Court justices do not have any legal right to dictate terms of their replacement on the high court.
Trump said that he would prefer the new Supreme Court justice to be confirmed before Election Day on November 3. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said “We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election.”
The sudden Supreme Court vacancy in the middle of a tight election race has excited the bases of both major party candidates. Groups on both sides have vowed to spend millions of dollars on advertisements concerning the replacement of justice Ginsburg. During the Trump rally in North Carolina on Saturday loud chants of “Fill that seat!” could be heard during the president’s speech.
President Trump told reporters on Monday, “I’m just doing my constitutional obligation,” regarding filling the Supreme Court vacancy. “I have an obligation to do this so I would rather see it before the election.”