WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — President Donald Trump said he has a “pretty good idea” who he will nominate to take the seat of Justice Ruther Bader Ginsburg.
“I have a pretty good idea, I haven’t made a final decision, but I have a pretty good idea,” Trump said.
In an exclusive interview with NewsNation, Trump confirmed he would make the announcement on Saturday and has continued to say he would nominate a woman.
“Well, I want to have women very fairly represented. It was time. We’ve appointed two great justices; this will be a third,” Trump said.
For transparency: NewsNation reached out to Joe Biden’s campaign several times for a similar interview; as of publication time, they have not committed to an interview with NewsNation.
After the interview was taped at The White House, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) potentially cleared the path for a vote on President Trump’s nominee before the Nov. 3 election.
The Republican senator from Utah released a statement on Twitter, saying he won’t block a vote to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court pick.
“If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications,” Romney said.
Romney’s views had been closely watched after two other Republican senators – Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine – urged that a vote be delayed until after the election.
“I believe we should wait and see who the winner of the election is and not proceed with a vote,” Collins told reporters on Monday. “If the American people are going to have confidence in the fairness of the system, then I think that is the way that we should proceed.”
Senate Democrats, Chuck Schumer from New York and Dick Durbin from Illinois held a press briefing Tuesday outside the Capitol to discuss their concerns for the next SCOTUS pick.
“Leader McConnell’s actions may now very well destroy the institution of the Senate,” said Schumer. “If McConnell presses forward the Republican party will have stolen two Supreme Court seats four years apart using completely contradictory rationales.”
Democrats have criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had made it clear he’d usher through a vote this year. McConnell hasn’t specified when the vote may happen.
“What we see happening in the Senate today with Senator McConnell’s decision to reverse his position of four years ago and to push through the vacancy filling in the nominee of the Trump administration is really an assault on all those things: history, tradition, rules and the mutual respect of the United States Senate,” said Durbin.
On Wednesday, Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court in the morning, following her death at the age of 87. A private ceremony takes place in the Great Hall attended by Justice Ginsburg’s family, close friends and members of the high court, before she lies in repose under the portico at the top of the front steps of the building to allow for public viewing.
Editor’s note: WGN America’s Executive Vice President Sean Compton helped arrange the interview; Compton knows the president from when they worked together 15 years ago.