Thursday, September 24, 2020

Pres Trump Ties SCOTUS Vacancy to Possible Disputed Election; Senate GOP Moves Ahead With Upper Hand As Trump Readies SCOTUS Nomination, and related stories

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Trump Ties Supreme Court Vacancy to Possible Disputed Election:
President again questions integrity of the election process, predicts a fight over results would reach the high court
President Trump wouldn’t commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the November election and predicted the outcome would be decided by the Supreme Court, a reason he wants to quickly fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“I think this will end up in the Supreme Court. And I think it’s very important that we have nine justices,” Mr. Trump said Wednesday.
During an event on social-media companies Wednesday, Mr. Trump amplified his long-running claim of widespread ballot fraud—which studies show is rare—and asserted without providing evidence the idea that Democrats plan to use mail-in voting to tilt the election in their favor.
Later, during a news conference, Mr. Trump was asked if he would commit to a peaceful transfer whether he won or lost in November.
“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens,” he responded. “I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots....The ballots are out of control.”
A representative from the campaign of Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who is leading Mr. Trump in national and swing-state polls, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. --->READ MORE HERE
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
Senate GOP moves ahead with upper hand as Trump readies SCOTUS nomination:
The vote count in the Senate shows Republicans can squeak through a confirmation of President Trump’s Supreme Court pick, now that anti-Trump leader Sen. Mitt Romney has pledged to help advance the nominee.
The move gives President Trump the green light as he plans to announce his pick Saturday to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“I’m getting very close to having a final decision made, very close,” Mr. Trump told reporters at the White House, adding that the country needs a full bench of nine justices before the election in case the results are contested.
“We need nine justices. You need that with the unsolicited millions of ballots that they’re sending. It’s a scam. It’s a hoax. Everybody knows that. And the Democrats know it better than anybody else.”
Mr. Romney said he was following the Constitution and precedent in helping advance the process. --->READ MORE HERE
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