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ABC: Trump to Nominate RBG Successor in 'Coming Days'

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Friday, 18 September 2020 08:48 PM

The Trump administration will nominate a successor for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the coming days, sources told ABC News, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., vowed to bring a vote to the Senate quickly this fall.

President Donald Trump and Sen. McConnell have made it clear: Given the chance, they would push through a Supreme Court nominee should a vacancy occur before Election Day.

A statement from Sen. McConnell mourns the passing of a legendary justice and vows:

"President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate."

ABC News reported the Trump's list of potential nominees is short and includes at least one woman, according to anonymous sources.

McConnell's full statement on the death of Justice Ginsburg:

"The Senate and the nation mourn the sudden passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life.

"Justice Ginsburg overcame one personal challenge and professional barrier after another. She climbed from a modest Brooklyn upbringing to a seat on our nation’s highest court and into the pages of American history. Justice Ginsburg was thoroughly dedicated to the legal profession and to her 27 years of service on the Supreme Court. Her intelligence and determination earned her respect and admiration throughout the legal world, and indeed throughout the entire nation, which now grieves alongside her family, friends, and colleagues.

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"In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016, Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s second term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year.

"By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise.

"President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate."

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