Trump says he will announce SCOTUS pick on Saturday

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The nominee will replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away on Friday from cancer.

WASHINGTON — Trump announced in a tweet on Tuesday that he will announce a Supreme Court nominee on Saturday.

The nominee will replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away on Friday from cancer.

The announcement came minutes after U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, a frequent Trump critic, said he would be willing to vote on a Supreme Court nominee before the Nov. 3 election.

The Hill reported that Romney’s announcement clears the way for a vote on a nominee, with only Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) breaking ranks to oppose a pre-election vote. With 50 GOP senators willing to vote on a nominee, Vice-President Mike Pence can cast the deciding vote.

Lambda Legal, along with many LGBTQ groups, had called for a delay in nominating a justice since the election is just over a month away.

In a statement, Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings said, “We are just a weeks away from an election which will determine our next President and Senate Majority Leader.  Given the precedent of four years ago, it is only appropriate that we delay the consideration of a lifetime Supreme Court appointment until 2021 when the holders of those offices—who have yet to be chosen by the American people—will be in place.”

Noting that Ginsburg served 27 years on the court, Jennings added, “The tenure of the next Supreme Court Justice to be appointed could last until the middle of this century.   This crucial lifetime appointment with such long-lasting consequences must not be rammed through in the middle of a hotly-contested election season.”