Senate Republicans have sufficient votes to substantiate a alternative for late Supreme Courtroom Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg earlier than the Nov. three election, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., instructed “Hannity” Monday.
“It is fairly apparent that in the event that they [Democrats] need an end result, they’re going to simply destroy anyone’s life to maintain the seats open,” Graham instructed host Sean Hannity.
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“They stated they tried to destroy Brett Kavanaugh so they might fill the seat — they have been dumb sufficient to say that,” Graham added. “I’ve seen this film earlier than. It is not going to work, it did not work with Kavanaugh.
“We have the votes to substantiate Justice Ginsburg’s alternative earlier than the election. We will transfer ahead in the committee, we’ll report the nomination out of the committee to the ground of the USA Senate so we are able to vote earlier than the election. Now, that is the constitutional course of.”
Protesters gathered exterior Graham’s Washington D.C. house Monday morning after he pledged to maneuver the nomination course of alongside within the Senate.
Graham’s critics have pointed to his statements after Senate Republicans refused to maneuver ahead on Barack Obama’s nomination of Decide Merrick Garland in 2016. As just lately as October 2018, the South Carolina Republican said: “If a gap comes within the final yr of President Trump’s time period, and the first course of has began, we’ll wait until the following election.”
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“After Kavanaugh, every part modified with me,” Graham instructed Hannity Monday. “They aren’t going to intimidate me, [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell, or anyone else.”
The Judiciary Committee chair added that Trump’s nominee, anticipated to be introduced later this week, “will probably be supported by each Republican within the Judiciary Committee.
“We’ve acquired the votes to substantiate the decide, the justice on the ground of the Senate earlier than the election,” he asserted, ” and that is what’s coming.”