President Trump said he will name his Supreme Court nominee on Friday or Saturday, with five women currently under consideration. Senate Democrats say whoever wins the upcoming presidential election should get to nominate a justice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
- On a call with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to sources, Trump named two of the five women who he is considering to fill the seat: Amy Coney Barrett, who currently serves as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, and Barbara Lagoa, who also serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.
- Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday and will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday. She will be the first woman to lie in state at the Capitol Building.
- Trump and Senate Republicans are ignoring a request from Ruth Bader Ginsburg, apparently made in the days before her death, to allow the candidate who wins the upcoming presidential election to fill her seat.
- The GOP is also ignoring a precedent set by Mitch McConnell four years ago, when he blocked President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination, Merrick Garland, saying an election-year vacancy should be filled by the next president.
- Two current Supreme Court Justices – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – were nominated by President Trump.