Trump vows SCOTUS nominee this week, Pelosi threatens impeachment
Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatened to use impeachment in order to stop President Trump from appointing a successor to Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court prior to the November election as Trump says he’ll have a nominee announcement on “Friday or Saturday.“
“We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country,” she told ABC’s This Week when asked about the prospect, says the U.K.’s Daily Mail.
Then she seemed to switch gears, instead talking about both sides’ charges of election cheating and the legitimacy of the election in November.
“This president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election,” Pelosi continued. “Our main goal would be to protect the integrity of the election as we protect the people from the coronavirus.”
It’s not clear if she was confused or it was a deliberate attempt to conflate impeachment, the SCOTUS appointment and the election.
The impeachment strategy would involve using impeachment not to remove Trump but obstruct the Senate by forcing them to go through the impeachment procedures.
Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden claimed that he should be the one who appoints the successor to Ginsburg.
“If I win this election,” said Biden, “President Trump’s nominee should be withdrawn. As a new president, I should be the one who nominates Justice Ginsburg’s successor.”
Two GOP senators, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins of Maine have said they will not support the replacement of Ginsburg this close to the election. It’s not known if that means they won’t support the procedural vote, or if they wouldn’t support any Trump nominee also.
“For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election. Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed,” Murkowski said. Both senators could still vote in favor of a Trump nominee while voting no on the procedural to consider a nominee.
That leaves Mitt Romney of Utah as an important undecided vote.
Last week, the powerful lobbying firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck floated a list of possible cabinet appointments for a hypothetical Biden administration which included Romney with the top job as Secretary of State.
Romney was briefly considered for the position of Secretary of State under Trump but received courtesy consideration only, from which he’s never recovered his impartiality.
Romney has not been friendly to the Trump administration since. In February he voted to impeach President Trump.
Trump for his part is unfazed. He wants a replacement nomination to go ahead at full speed and will nominate someone by the end of the week.
“I think it’ll be on Friday or Saturday and we want to pay respect,” Trump told Fox and Friends on Monday.
“We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices,” Trump tweeted. “We have this obligation, without delay!”
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