“Given the proximity of the presidential election, nevertheless, I don’t consider that the Senate ought to vote on the nominee previous to the election,” the Maine senator mentioned in a Saturday assertion.
“In equity to the American folks, who will both be re-electing the President or choosing a brand new one, the choice on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court docket needs to be made by the President who’s elected on November third,” mentioned Collins.
Senate Republicans, who maintain the bulk within the higher chamber, solely want 51 votes to substantiate a brand new justice as soon as one is formally nominated. At present, there are 53 GOP senators — that means they will solely lose three Republicans earlier than Vice President Mike Pence might solid a tie-breaking vote.
In a message to GOP senators that very same evening, McConnell urged his colleagues to not lock themselves right into a place and endorsed them to be cautious about what they’re telling the media about their views on the way to course of the nomination, in accordance with an individual who noticed the word.
In her assertion, Collins acknowledged Trump’s authority to appoint a alternative and mentioned she wouldn’t be against the Senate Judiciary Committee beginning the evaluate course of.
Collins has already mentioned that there’s not sufficient time to substantiate somebody earlier than November.
“To ensure that the American folks to think about their elected officers, we should act pretty and persistently—regardless of which political social gathering is in energy. President Trump has the constitutional authority to make a nomination to fill the Supreme Court docket emptiness, and I might haven’t any objection to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s starting the method of reviewing his nominee’s credentials,” she mentioned.