US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he would announce from the White House on Saturday the name of a new judge to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
“I will announce my candidate for the Supreme Court on Saturday at the White House! The exact time remains to be determined, ”the Republican billionaire tweeted.
Donald Trump said Monday evening that he was considering five preselected magistrates to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the progressive and feminist dean of the court who died Friday at 87 from cancer.
Among the favorites are Amy Coney Barrett, a 48-year-old Catholic, as well as a Cuban magistrate born in Florida, Barbara Lagoa, 52.
The latter is “excellent, she's Hispanic, she's a great woman,” he told Fox News. “We love Florida,” he added of this state which should play a key role in the outcome of the presidential election.
It is the US Senate that must confirm, by simple majority, the Supreme Court justices appointed for life by the president.
Democrats are on the wind, arguing that it would be necessary to wait for the election of November 3 which will pit Donald Trump against Joe Biden before any vote and, in the event of victory of the former vice-president of Barack Obama, to wait even for his taking of functions in January 2021.
But the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, indicated on Friday evening that he intended to organize a vote to replace “RBG”.
He reiterated Monday that the Senate would vote “this year”, without specifying a timetable.
It has a majority of 53 seats against 47.
Two moderate Republican senators felt that the Senate should not decide before the presidential election but on Tuesday, a great critic of Donald Trump, Mitt Romney, told him he was not opposed.
If no other senator from the Conservative Party objects, it would give Republicans enough votes to proceed to a vote.
Even if they came to a 50-50 tie, they could have enough votes, thanks to the intervention of Vice President Mike Pence who can decide in the event of a tie.
Republicans cement majority for vote on Trump candidate
Republican elected official Mitt Romney announced on Tuesday that he would not oppose a Senate vote on Donald Trump's Supreme Court candidate ahead of the November 3 presidential election, thus consolidating the party's majority to proceed with the vote controversial.
A great critic of Donald Trump, Mitt Romney's opinion was eagerly awaited after two moderate Republicans felt that the upper house of Congress should not vote before the poll. If a vote on the future candidate “arrives in the chamber of the Senate, I intend to vote on the basis of her qualifications”, wrote the former presidential candidate.