WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said on Monday he is considering five women for his nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court seat left open by the recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, adding he will announce his pick on Saturday and he prefers the Senate vote to confirm the nominee before the Nov. 3 election.
Trump, speaking to reporters before departing the White House for an Ohio campaign event, sought to discredit Ginsburg’s family’s unsubstantiated statement that her last wish was the next president appoint her successor, saying it could have been from someone else.
It is important to note that the U.S. Constitution does not account for a persons dying wish (no matter who that person is) and the President irrevocably retains the sole right and authority to put forward a person to be voted on by the Senate when filling a vacant Supreme Court seat.
NPR reported the liberal feminist Ginsburg “allegedly” dictated a statement to her granddaughter. Trump is in a tight contest with former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, to keep the White House.
(Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Steve Holland; Editing by Chris Reese)