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Susan Collins Releases Statement on Supreme Court Vacancy

Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday.

On Saturday, Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins released a statement saying she did not support voting for a new Supreme Court justice until after the November election.

In her statement, Collins wrote:

“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. 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.

“Given the proximity of the presidential election, however, I do not believe that the Senate should vote on the nominee prior to the election. 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.”

Soon after her death was announced, a Republican source said that President Donald Trump will move within days to nominate his third Supreme Court justice.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are ready to move to confirm Trump’s nominee before Election Day, according to the report.