Reproduction of material from any Salon pages without written permission is strictly prohibited. "Oh, we'd fill it," he said, with a smile. The thinking is, per this source, that the concerns about Trump's conduct do not hinge completely on what is in the transcript. (Sept. 18), Merrick Garland — a judge who mainly agreed with now Chief Justice John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's last wish: 'I will not be replaced until a new president is installed', Conservatives, liberals mull next Supreme Court battle with memories of 2016, it’s better to have this occur after we’re passed this presidential election, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. ", March 16, 2016, with Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland, McConnell stood his ground: It is important for the Senate to "give the people a voice in the filling of this vacancy" by waiting until the next president takes office. "And they are, you know, paying the price for it," the top Republican said, adding that the Senate was operating normally thanks to its Covid-19 precautions. But it's a different story for President Trump's nominee in 2020. Speaking to reporters in Kentucky, Mr McConnell said he steered clear of the White House in the last two months "because my impression was their approach to how to handle this was different from mine". Follow today's top stories and breaking news from inside Washington D.C. and beyond. "Once again, we will keep our promise. ), Graham says 'good old days' segregation comment was sarcasm, Trump-Biden battle intensifying in Pennsylvania, WaPo: Barr 'unmasking' investigation finds no wrongdoing, Trump rally goer: If I'm gonna get sick and die, I guess it's my turn, Amy Coney Barrett was grilled on these election issues, Early voters wait hours in line as states see record turnout, Obama CIA director: We wear Trump's criticism as a badge of honor, Barrett declines to answer if Trump can pardon himself, Virginia governor reacts to alleged kidnapping plot, CNN's John Avlon: This stuff makes Joseph McCarthy look restrained, Florida's senior voters weigh in on Trump vs. Biden, Nancy Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Schiff says whistleblower wants to talk to House Intelligence Committee. You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”. Officials in the US and Germany say too many people are not observing rules at the moment. She was 87. But experts have said the president and his staff were too reliant on testing over other precautions, like masks and distancing. ", “Let the American people have a voice in the composition of the Supreme Court. The rule of law, the legitimacy of our courts, the fundamental workings of our democracy all depend on that basic principle. Hear GOP's response to impeachment inquiry, Melania Trump reveals Barron Trump contracted Covid-19, Obama: Trump's call for indictment was 'absurd', Feds chased suspected foreign link to Trump's 2016 campaign cash for 3 years, Trump rally billboard says 'superspreader event this way.' Some Republicans attempted to explain away or minimize Trump’s comments, but, to his credit, McConnell squarely stared down the president in a tweet that signaled that Senate Republicans will uphold the rule of law no matter who wins the election. Mr McConnell also emphasised mask-wearing and social distancing were the best way to combat the virus until a vaccine is available. "I think I'm better to the point where I'd love to do a rally tonight," Mr Trump said. .css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Mitch McConnell: DC insider with a mission. (Literally. The Kentucky senator said he spoke to the president frequently over the phone but had not visited since 6 August. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792. A basic principle of the law — and of everyday fairness — is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment. If you would like to continue the discussion on social media, you can visit David Thornton’s Facebook page or follow him on Twitter. ", Feb. 23, 2016: “The Senate will appropriately revisit the matter after the American people finish making in November the decision they’ve already started making today. (Win McNamee/Drew Angerer/Getty Images/Salon), ------------------------------------------, has reportedly called Donald Trump "nuts" behind his back. Schumer, D-New York, said the resolution was "aimed at a recalcitrant executive branch, which has blocked the ability for the committees to see the complaint, even though the law requires it.". Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. I’m old enough to remember when Democrats speculated that George W. Bush would refuse to leave the White House AND when Republicans said the same of Barack Obama. There is a fundamental difference with Trump, however. It’s tempting to to say that the speculation about Donald Trump is just more of the same. At least one Republican — Sen. Lindsey Graham — had said a Supreme Court vacancy should not be filled until after the 2020 election. Just hours after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said President Trump's nominee to replace her "will receive a … The top Democrat on the committee is Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia. First Lady Melania Trump, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and adviser Stephen Miller are among the positive tests. It's not fair to the nominee, it's not fair to the court.". VideoDramatic footage shows flood destruction in India, World reacts to long queues of voters in US, How to spot US election disinformation. Donald Trump Is Being Buried Beneath Tsunami Of Bad News, California Wildfires Continue to Burn Thousands of Acres Every Day. ", Given that, Graham said he would now support Trump "in any effort to move forward regarding the recent vacancy created by the passing of Justice Ginsburg. SALON ® is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a trademark of, LLC. © 2020 BBC. No American in his right mind would want to repeat that. He said the speech wasn't to a reason to not vote on a nominee in an election year. Even if he refuses to leave the Oval Office, he will have no authority. McConnell said the Intelligence Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican of North Carolina, would look into the issue. In the Senate, through a process pre-established through the Intelligence Committee behind closed doors initially with the acting director of DNI," McConnell said. Traffic in the West Wing and Residence is limited. ", And he tells "Meet the Press": "The American people are about to weigh in on who is going to be the president. One of the greatest things about our shared nation is the fact that we take the peaceful transfer of power between presidents for granted. Video, Dramatic footage shows flood destruction in India, How to spot US election disinformation. Also Tuesday, the Senate adopted by unanimous consent a resolution authored by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urging the administration to provide the full compliant to Congress. What he can do is foment a(nother) constitutional crisis by contesting the outcome of the election. Doing so would undermine the choice of the people and quite possibly send both Trump’s supporters and opponents into the streets. May 28, 2019: McConnell is asked what he would do if a Supreme Court seat came open in 2020. They say that behind Trump's back McConnell has called the President 'nuts,' and made clear that he considers himself smarter than … The Resurgent. The president nominates, we decide to confirm. Yesterday, President Trump responded to a question about whether he would commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election by saying, “We’re going to have to see what happens. This article originally appeared on Raw Story. "We'll know a lot more when the Intel Committee meets with them this week," Thune said. )," Mayer wrote. Republican leader Mitch McConnell, 78, on Thursday revealed he had not been to the White House since August because of the way it has handled Covid-19. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Republican leader Mitch McConnell, 78, on Thursday revealed he had not been to the White House since August because of the way it has handled Covid-19. To my knowldge, no president since Lincoln has intimated that he would not abide by the will of the people. The Senate Intelligence Committee plans to meet in a classified setting Thursday with the Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire and the Inspector General for the Intelligence Community Michael Atkinson where they will be asked to testify about what they know about the whistleblower complaint. Feb. 11, 2020: "My motto for the year is ‘leave no vacancy behind," McConnell told conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt. Since President Donald Trump's Covid-19 diagnosis, at least two dozen people in his circle and staff at the White House have reported infections. Mr McConnell continued his apparent subtle critique of the White House when he mentioned the struggles of "other places that have had a different view", regarding a different approach to protections. "Our Republican colleagues in the Senate should follow the rule they set in 2016 not to consider a Supreme Court nominee in an election year. (A spokesman for McConnell, who declined to be interviewed, denies this. (Moore denies them.) We cannot afford to see Justice (John Paul) Stevens replaced by another (Chief Justice John) Roberts; or Justice (Ruth Bader) Ginsburg by another (Justice Samuel) Alito. "It's the only way we know of to prevent the spread until we get a vaccine.". The Republican race to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Republican leader Mitch McConnell, 78, on Thursday revealed he had not been to the White House since August because of the way it has handled Covid-19. "The next president may also nominate someone very different. There have been some Covid-19 changes at the White House since the president's hospital stay, however. “U.S. "For the rest of this President's term and if there is another Republican elected with the same selection criteria let me say this: We should reverse the presumption of confirmation.