Although Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney voted to convict President Donald Trump on the first impeachment article, thus becoming the first senator ever to vote against his own party’s president in an impeachment trial.
Today, President Trump is getting support from the Senator to nominate a new supreme court justice.
This move has dashed Democrats’ hopes of blocking a successor to liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week aged 87.
Two Republican senators have indicated their opposition to confirming a nominee before the November election. Still, Democrats are in a jam as they would need at least four opposition senators to stop the Republican’s quest at nomination and confirmation of a new justice.
Romney, in his defense on the support of a Trump’s nomination, said in a statement: “My decision regarding a supreme court nomination is not the result of a subjective test of ‘fairness’ which, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.”
“It is based on the immutable fairness of following the law, which in this case is the constitution and precedent. The historical precedent of election-year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own.”
He further said, “The constitution gives the president the power to nominate and the Senate the authority to provide advice and consent on supreme court nominees. Accordingly, I intend to follow the constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.”
Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate majority leader, and Senator Lindsey Graham have ignored the call to wait until after the general election for nomination and confirmation of a new justice.
Both have brushed off hypocrisy charges after they stonewalled Merrick Garland, former U.S. President Barack Obama’s nomination for the court in 2016, also in an election year.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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