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.
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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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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