President Donald Trump is expected to defy the dying wish of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and nominate her replacement in the coming days in a rush to hurry through a conservative judge before the election.
Trump's attempts to hurry through his own pick, the third Supreme Court Justice he would have nominated, has already been met with backlash from his rival, Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Biden demanded that Trump waits until after the election so the winner can put forward the nomination.
It comes as insiders suggest that some Republican Senators led by Mitt Romney will lead a rebellion to scupper Trump's chances of a rushed process.
It was the the dying wish of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that Trump not nominate her replacement but he is set to defy it and nominate in the coming days
President Donald Trump speaks about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Friday. It is rumored he will nominate her replacement in the coming days
Trump's attempts to hurry through his own pick has already been met with backlash from his rival, Democratic nominee Joe Biden who wishes to wait until after the election
Late on Friday, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell issued a letter to GOP senators asking them not to reveal whether they will choose to vote before the election and on which candidate.
McConnell has said that he still hopes to complete the nomination process before November.
The Supreme Court and who its next Justice could be has now become a major factor in the election with voters knowing whoever they pick as their next president could decide the future of the high court for the next generation.
The long-term direction of the nation's highest court is at stake as closely divided court currently had five justices with conservative bents and four liberals.
If Trump were to choose a conservative judge to replace the liberal Ginsburg, as expected, the court's conservatives would have more heft with a 6-3 majority.
Democrats are trying to gain control of the White House and the Senate, which has the power to confirm the president's nominees for the Supreme Court.
The Senate is currently controlled by 53 Republicans, while Democrats hold 45 seats. Two independents align with Democrats on most votes.
Among the 53 Republicans are some moderates, including Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. Collins is in a tough race for re-election this year in her home state of Maine, which has been trending Democratic.
Ginsburg's death could have an impact on Collins' re-election effort and her posture on whether filling the high-court seat should await the outcome of the 2020 presidential race.
Senator Mitt Romney will allegedly lead a pack of GOP rebels
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has said she will not vote on a nominee before the election
Earlier on Friday shortly before Ginsburg's death was announced, Senator Murkowski said that if she was presented with a vacancy on the court, she would not vote to confirm a nominee before the election.
'I would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. We are 50 some days away from an election,' she said, according to Alaska News.
CAN THE SENATE FILL THE SEAT BEFORE THE ELECTION?
Yes, but it would require a breakneck pace. Supreme Court nominations have taken around 70 days to move through the Senate, and the last, for Brett Kavanaugh, took longer.
The election is 46 days away.
Yet there are no set rules for how long the process should take once President Donald Trump announces his pick, and some nominations have moved more quickly.
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WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO CONFIRM A NOMINEE?
Only a majority. Republicans control the