Sen. Collins issues statement on Supreme Court vacancy

Sen. Susan Collins said she believes the Senate should vote on a Supreme Court nominee after the November presidential election. “Given the proximity of the presidential election, however, I do not believe that the Senate should vote on the nominee prior to the election,” wrote Sen. Collins in a press release Saturday. “In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the President or selecting a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the President who is elected on November 3rd.”Sen. Collins also wrote that she would have no objection to the Senate Judiciary Committee reviewing the credentials of President Trump’s nominee. “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,” wrote Sen. Collins. “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.”President Donald Trump was asked by reporters at the White House on Saturday afternoon about Collins’ statement.Trump said, “Well I totally disagree with her. We have an obligation. 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.”Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.

Sen. Susan Collins said she believes the Senate should vote on a Supreme Court nominee after the November presidential election.

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

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Sen. Collins also wrote that she would have no objection to the Senate Judiciary Committee reviewing the credentials of President Trump’s nominee.

“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,” wrote Sen. Collins. “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.”

President Donald Trump was asked by reporters at the White House on Saturday afternoon about Collins’ statement.

Trump said, “Well I totally disagree with her. We have an obligation. 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.”

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87.