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McConnell: With Anti-Trump Supremes, 'It Would Take a Significant, Life-Ending Event to Create a Vacancy'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | June 6, 2019 | 2:44 PM EDT

Sen. Mitch McConnell (Screenshot)

Liberal Supreme Court justices have such contempt for Donald Trump that they’ll never retire as long as he is president, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday.

In an interview on Fox News Radio’s “The Guy Benson Show,” McConnell was defending his announcement that, if a Supreme Court vacancy arose in 2020, he would allow the Senate to confirm one of Trump’s nominees prior to next year’s presidential election.

McConnell said that only “a significant, life-ending event” could create an opening on the Supreme Court:

“I have no idea whether there will be a Supreme Court vacancy. Knowing how the left-of-center members of the Supreme Court feel about the president of the United States, I think it would take a significant, life-ending event to create such a vacancy.”

Still, if a vacancy did arise, he would follow the lead of Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. McConnell said:

“But, I would do the same thing Joe Biden said in 1992 - Democratic Senate, Republican president – he said, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said, ‘If a vacancy occurred, they wouldn’t fill it.’

“I would be consistent with what Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid said, 18 months before the end of Bush 43’s eight years, when they said, if a vacancy occurred, they wouldn’t fill it - 18 months before the end of the term.

“So, yeah, we would fill a vacancy that occurred. I don’t expect it to, but, if it occurred we would go forward.”

The Constitution clearly gives the party in control of the Senate evert right to decide whether or not a president’s Supreme Court nomination comes up for a confirmation vote:

“The Constitution is quite clear: the president doesn’t have an exclusive on Supreme Court appointments. There are two roles. He gets to pick; we get to decide whether to go forward. We have every bit of right to assert ourselves; as he does to assert himself.”

 

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