US News Supreme Court: supported by the Republicans, Trump will appoint his candidate on Saturday

23:35  22 september  2020
23:35  22 september  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Despite the outrage of the Democrats, Donald Trump will present a candidate on Saturday to succeed the progressive Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court , with a consolidated majority in the Senate , determined to vote on its confirmation without waiting for the outcome of the US presidential election.

The Democrats are headlong, arguing that we would have to wait for the November 3 election, which will pit Donald Trump against Joe Biden, before any vote.

Because the stakes are immense. If the Senate, with a Republican majority, confirms its candidate, the president will have placed three judges, appointed for life, in the temple of American law which has nine in total.

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Enough to anchor in the conservative camp for decades this institution which decides, in the United States , the main questions of society such as abortion or the right to bear arms.

"Everything that matters to Americans is at stake: health, protection of (patients with) medical history, women's rights, gay rights, workers' rights, labor rights, rights civics, climate change, and so many other things that are in danger, "said Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday.

The death on Friday at the age of 87 of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a feminist icon of the American left, has upset the electoral campaign, so far dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic which has killed more than 200,000 in the United States.

Lagging behind in the polls, Donald Trump could, with the battle for control of the Supreme Court, re-mobilize his base.

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In 2016, many evangelical voters skeptical of the twice divorced billionaire were convinced to vote for him thanks to his promise to appoint conservative judges. And he had, in part, offered a surprise victory.

But the outcry among Democrats could also galvanize support for Barack Obama's ex-right arm Joe Biden.

"In full election"

The remains of Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be exposed to the Supreme Court Wednesday and Thursday, then to the Capitol Friday. She will be buried in private next week at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington.

By then, Americans will know who Donald Trump has chosen to replace her.

"I will announce my candidate for the Supreme Court on Saturday, at the White House!" He tweeted on Tuesday.

The 45th President of the United States had indicated Monday evening that he was considering five magistrates.

Among the favorites are, at the top, Amy Coney Barrett, 48, and a magistrate of Cuban origin, Barbara Lagoa, 52, born in Florida to parents who fled the communist regime of Fidel Castro . A potential asset for the Republican billionaire since this state should play a key role in the presidential election.

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"We absolutely believe that we can" complete the entire nomination process before the election, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said on Tuesday.

It is the United States Senate that has the power to confirm, by simple majority, Supreme Court justices appointed by the President.

The timeline has yet to be set and all eyes are now on Republican Judicial Commission Leader Lindsey Graham. It is he who will set the date for the candidate's hearing.

Its 22 members will then vote for or against the transmission of its file to the plenary session. And the Senate will then have to approve, or not, the nomination.

On average, it takes almost 70 days between a nomination and a final vote. But Donald Trump's team has already sifted through the candidates' files and several have recently been confirmed as magistrates by these same Republican senators, which should speed up the procedure.

Especially since the leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, does not intend to waste time. The Senate will vote "this year", he insists.

And this fine strategist was assured Tuesday of a consolidated majority to proceed to the vote.

Republicans have 53 seats against 47 in the upper house. It would have taken four senators from his camp to leave the ranks to derail the procedure.

Two moderate Republican senators said they were opposed to holding a vote before the election. But a top Donald Trump critic, Mitt Romney, announced Tuesday that he would not oppose it.

There are only 42 days before the presidential election and early voting has already started in several states, said Joe Biden.

"We are in the midst of an election," he said Monday night on a local channel, WBAY. "This is a fundamental violation of constitutional principles."

22/09/2020 22:14:18 - Washington (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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