President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would probably announce his Supreme Court nominee on Friday or Saturday. The vacancy was left by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“I’m going to make a decision on either Friday or Saturday,” Trump said Monday in a phone interview with Fox News’ Fox and Friends. “I think it’ll be on Friday or Saturday and we want to pay respect.”
President Trump said that although he wants to “act as quickly as possible,” he is holding off on making his announcement until after services for the late Supreme Court justice.
“It looks like we will have services on Thursday or Friday, as I understand it,” Trump said. “I think we should, with all due respect for Justice Ginsburg, wait for services to be over.”
However, it seems like Trump is in a hurry to name a nominee as soon as possible. He also wants the Senate to hold a confirmation vote for the nominee before the impending November 3rd election.
The decision on who to nominate to replace the late Justice Ginsburg, noted women’s rights icon, is one of the biggest decisions of Trump’s presidency.
So far, it looks like Trump has narrowed down his potential picks to five choices. He’s touted the list of potential picks as “excellent” and “all very smart.”
Although the president declined to name them, the shortlist is said to include Judge Amy Coney Barrett from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and Judge Allison Jones Rushing of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, among others.
Trump did appear to confirm that Judge Barbara Lagoa of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit is among the choices.
“She’s excellent, Hispanic,” Trump said when asked about her. “She’s a terrific woman from everything I know.” He went on to say that, although he doesn’t know her personally, the Florida justice is “so very smart.”
When asked if politics will be a factor in his final decision, he said that he tries “not to say so,” but did say it “probably automatically” becomes one even if that’s not his intention.
Instead, he’s hoping to nominate someone who “really understands the law and abides by the Constitution.”
Trump is rushing to fill Ginsburg’s vacancy as soon as possible because he is apparently anticipating legal issues surrounding the election. He’s hoping to avoid the possibility of a 4-4 Supreme Court ruling in that case.
“We have an obligation to do what’s right and act as quickly as possible,” said the president. “We should act quickly because we’re going to have probably election things involved here, you know, because of the fake ballots that they’ll be sending out which is a terrible… We don’t want to have a tie. No, we don’t. And we want to have nine justices.”