The Associated Press reports:
The White House says President Donald Trump will announce his pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the “near future” but is declining to say whether the president will push for a Senate confirmation vote before Election Day. Marc Short is the chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence.
He says a confirmation vote before Nov. 3 is “certainly possible” because Ginsburg was confirmed within 43 days and currently it is 44 days out from the election. But Short tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that the White House is leaving the confirmation timetable up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
When asked whether Trump considered Ginsburg’s dying wish for her replacement to be named by the winner of the November presidential election, Short said the White House and nation mourn her loss “but the decision of when to nominate does not lie with her.”
Marc Short, chief of staff to VP Pence: “I reject the notion as hypocrisy … Historical precedent is when your party’s in power … consistently going back to George Washington, the party has continued to confirm those nominees.”
Wait for Tapper’s last comment at the end, btw. pic.twitter.com/We1WvBUoj6
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“The decision to nominate does not lie with her” — Marc Short, chief of staff to Pence, rejects RBG’s dying wish pic.twitter.com/2pjAsgkJoY
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