Trump pledged to nominate woman to succeed Ginsburg on Supreme Court this week.

Good Morning! Wow, what a weekend!

I was recently told that President Trump plans to announce his nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court on Friday or Saturday, he said in an interview on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning.

“I think it’ll be on Friday or Saturday,” Trump said when asked when he would announce his decision, adding that he wanted to “pay respect” to Ginsburg, who died Friday due to complications from pancreatic cancer.

The Hill has more on that here.

Meanwhile, President Trump, moving with speed as Americans in some states begin voting ahead of Nov. 3, vowed to nominate a woman this week to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal icon who served for 27 years on the Supreme Court before her death on Friday at age 87.

I think that might have been a poor statement to make…. and rather prejudges… why not the best person for the job.

Bolstering Trump’s decision to act without “delay,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the president’s nominee will come to the floor in the GOP-controlled Senate, although he has not said when.

Two Senate Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), say they oppose acting on a nomination before Election Day, and Democratic lawmakers and former Vice President Joe Biden strongly object to the president’s haste to install a Republican to succeed Ginsburg, affectionately nicknamed “The Notorious RBG” and known as a progressive champion of rights for women, minorities, the LBGTQ community and the survival of the embattled Affordable Care Act.

McConnell faces an election-year situation without precedent and without rules beyond the Constitution. The wily tactician who has made a conservative overhaul of the judiciary a personal mission, has a major juggling act on his hands.

The Hill: McConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight. 

With announcements by Collins and Murkowski, the GOP leader can lose only one more member of the GOP conference. Eyes turned to a trio of key lawmakers: Republican Sens. Mitt Romney (Utah), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa). 

Romney, a thorn in the side of the president, has yet to comment on a future nominee despite Democratic hopes that he would quickly join the sentiment of Collins and Murkowski. A Romney spokeswoman told The New York Times that he will not take any stand until the GOP conference meets. That is expected on Tuesday.

Gardner, one of the most endangered senators up for reelection this fall, sidestepped a potential timeline during a local television interview on Saturday. Grassley has yet to weigh in beyond his stated praise for the late justice. However, when asked in July what advice he would give Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), his successor as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the longtime Iowa Republican said he would not support moving forward with a nomination close to an election.

“I would have to tell him that I wouldn’t have a hearing,” said Grassley, 87, who has not announced reelection plans for 2022.

Meg Kinnard, The Associated Press: Graham’s challenge: Fill a court seat and save his own.

The GOP leader also began to rally colleagues to his side on Sunday. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), a key McConnell ally who is retiring at year’s end, announced in a statement that “no one should be surprised that a Republican Senate majority would vote on a Republican President’s Supreme Court nomination, even during a presidential election year” (The Hill).

McConnell, who on Friday asked GOP senators to keep their “powder dry,” has timing on his mind. He has not indicated whether he is considering a confirmation vote before or after Election Day, a decision that will depend on where his conference stands — and on Trump’s choice for the bench.

Adding to the complications, McConnell could be down one vote midway through a lame duck session. In Arizona, if Democrat Mark Kelly defeats Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), he would be seated on Nov. 30 because the contest is a special election to fill the final two years of the late Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) term. McSally said on Friday that she agrees that the Senate should move ahead on a nominee.

The Hill: Momentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day.

The Washington Post: Who Trump might pick for the Supreme Court, including Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa.

The Associated Press: A complete list of Trump’s possible Supreme Court nominees.

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