Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is predicting a full vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. | Carlos Franco/AP Photo McConnell Says Trump’s Ginsburg Replacement Will Get a Full Senate Vote
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said today that President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court will get a full Senate vote in the next 60 days.
“I’m not sure I can imagine anyone … who would object to that,” McConnell told reporters, according to a pool report. “To have the Senate confirmed would be the fulfillment of a campaign promise and someone who is on the president’s short list would have to fill that seat immediately.”Story Continued Below
Kavanaugh will enter the Supreme Court bench at a time of particular tension between Republicans and Democrats over protecting gay marriage. Activists from the American Civil Liberties Union are helping lead an effort to challenge Trump’s Department of Justice’s affirmation of a nationwide ban on LGBT discrimination.The Top Ten Day List
Kavanaugh, whose confirmation battle would loom over the administration’s controversial appointments of Mattis and National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster to other positions, and conservative activists, is expected to face the kind of high-stakes confirmation fight that past Supreme Court nominees faced. His nomination will be a top issue in the midterm elections, which will determine control of the Senate.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on “Meet the Press” that he’s a little concerned about the confirmation process, which Trump was sworn in on Friday. “I’m concerned about what kind of confirmation process the president is going to get,” Schumer said. “I’ll be watching and watching for confirmation of judges.”
But, Schumer said, “I do believe the president’s instincts, I think, are right.”
Republicans are the minority in both chambers of Congress. A majority of Republicans must confirm all Supreme Court nominees to be seated for the court’s ruling on a case. Among the justices who are under consideration are Kavanaugh, Thomas Hardiman, and Merrick Garland.Watch below: