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Graham: ‘We have the votes to fill Ginsburg’s seat before the election’

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Senator Lindsey Graham told FOX News host Sean Hannity Monday night that Senate Republicans have enough votes to confirm a nominee to fill Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s SCOTUS seat.

Ginsburg passed away unexpectedly on Friday. President Donald Trump said Tuesday on Twitter that he would be naming a new nominee Saturday to fill her seat.

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It has made an already contentious election even more so. Senate Democrats have promised to continue fighting against any attempt to fill the SCOTUS seat before the November presidential election. However, the Democrats lack the votes to stop Trump.

“It’s pretty obvious that if they want an outcome they’ll destroy anybody’s life to keep these seats open,” said Graham. “They tried to destroy Brett Kavanaugh so they could fill the seat. They were dumb enough to say that. I’ve seen this movie before. It’s not gonna work. We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election. … After Kavanaugh, everything changed with me. They’re not going to intimidate me, Mitch McConnell, anybody else.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatened to start impeachment proceedings against Trump, as well as Justice Department Attorney General William Barr if the president proceeds to nominate a Supreme Court Justice. The Democrats need four Republicans to stop the replacement.

“Mitch McConnell believes that this fight is over. What Mitch McConnell does not understand is this fight has just begun,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, speaking at a Ginsburg vigil on Saturday.

McConnell said Friday that Trump will get a vote on the Senate floor. He said the situation is different than in 2016, because Republicans control the Senate and White House.

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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