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Sen. Susan Collins Calls On Senate To Wait Until After The Election To Replace RBG

 Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) released a statement on Saturday explaining why she believes the Senate should not vote on a nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg until after the election.

Collins, who provided the deciding vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, admonished her Republican colleagues in the Senate to refrain from voting on a nominee to replace Ginsburg because her vacancy fell in the weeks before a presidential election.

Collins’ statement reads:

In order for the American people to have faith in their elected officials, we must act fairly and consistently—no matter which political party is in power. President Trump has the constitutional authority to make a nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and I would have no objection to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s beginning the process of reviewing his nominee’s credentials.

Given the proximity of the presidential election, however, I do not believe that the Senate should vote on the nominee prior to the election. In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the President or selecting a new one, the decision of a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the President who is elected on November 3rd.

“I totally disagree with her,” President Donald Trump said in response to Collins’ statement. “We won, and we have an obligation as the winners to pick who we want. That’s not the next president. Hopefully I’ll be the next president. But we’re here now, right now we’re here, and we have an obligation to the voters—all of the people, the millions of people that put us here in the form of a victory—we have an obligation to them, to all of those voters, and it’s a very simple thing. So I would disagree, if that’s what she said. That’s not the way I read it. I read it differently, but if that’s what she said, I totally disagree.”

Collins echoed the sentiment expressed by former President Barack Obama, who urged Republicans on Friday to hold Ginsburg’s seat open until after the election, citing a precedent he claims they set when they blocked his nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

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