Local professor explains Supreme Court nomination process
SALISBURY, Md. – It has been less than a week since Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, and now President Donald Trump is vowing to nominate the next justice before the election. But that’s left Americans with questions of how exactly that process works.
Dr. Adam Hoffman from Salisbury University says the constitution gives some guidance on the process, but not actually much.
Here’s how it goes: the president will announce his nominee, then there will be hearings held by the senate judiciary committee. If the nominee passes through, the vote will then go to the floor of the senate, where the nominee would need 51 votes to be approved.
With the election less than 50 days away, the process would need to go very quickly, and that has some Democrats saying Republicans should treat this process like they did back in 2016, when Republican Mitch McConnell said then president Obama did not have the right to nominate a justice so close to the election.
“You have people, you know, on the other side, democrats, bringing that up saying that’s what you followed back then, let’s follow that now again basically,” Dr. Hoffman explained.
Sources close to the president told ABC news he’s expected to put forth a nominee in the coming days. Those sources says one of the leading contenders is U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett.