Sen. Mitt Romney, who was initially seen as a possible swing vote on Senate Republicans’ efforts to fill the vacant Supreme Courtroom seat of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, made temporary feedback on the Senate flooring Monday morning supporting the girl who will probably be confirmed as Ginsburg’s successor Monday evening: Choose Amy Coney Barrett.
Romney, R-Utah, in his feedback praised Barrett for her credentials but additionally her “integrity” and “dedication to the rule of legislation.” Romney mentioned these qualities made Barrett key to preserving belief within the Supreme Courtroom as he slammed members of each events for attacking the belief in American establishments.
“She’s exceptionally clever, academically astute and impeccably credentialed,” Romney mentioned. “I will probably be honored to vote to verify her nomination.”
Romney continued: “I additionally rise to handle my concern relating to the division and contempt for others that’s rising amongst lots of our residents. … Belief within the F.B.I. and the intelligence neighborhood, lengthy admired for his or her integrity and professionalism, has withered with the assaults by each events, although admittedly my celebration has been extra vocal.”
Romney additionally decried assaults on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, the Meals and Drug Administration and the free press.
The senator, who was the one Republican to vote to take away President Trump from workplace earlier this yr, mentioned that his nominee will probably be key to preserving an identical lack of belief from infecting the Supreme Courtroom.
“It is important that the Supreme Courtroom retain the belief of the nation,” Romey mentioned. “That is why Choose Barrett’s integrity, knowledge and dedication to the rule of legislation is so vital.”
He added: “I am assured that she is as much as the measure of the instances during which we now dwell. Could God bless her and her household as they start this chapter of service to our nation.”
The one Republican anticipated to vote in opposition to Barrett is Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who has mentioned she objects to the method used to verify Barrett so near a presidential election after Republicans blocked Obama nominee Merrick Garland forward of the 2016 election.
With all Democrats voting in opposition to Barrett, then, the probably vote complete will probably be 52-48 in favor of her affirmation, barring any surprises.
The clock is ticking on 30 hours of debate after the Senate invoked cloture on the Barrett nomination Sunday, which means a vote to verify her as a Supreme Courtroom justice is more likely to occur Monday night.