Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden urged Senate Republicans not to vote on any candidate nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court as the November election nears, calling President Donald Trump’s plan an “exercise of raw political power.”
Donald Trump has told Fox & Friends in an interview this morning that he will announce his nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on either Friday or Saturday.
He says that in respect of Ginsburg, “we should wait until the services over.”
He said he had narrowed the list down to five potential nominees, which he has confirmed are all women. He also says he would expect the opposition to do the same in the same circumstances.
That pushes the timetable back slightly. Earlier this morning White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had intimated the pick could come as soon as before Wednesday.
That would make the confirmation timetable prior to the election very tight indeed.
Mr Biden on Sunday said the president had "made clear this is about power, pure and simple".
"The United States constitution allows Americans the chance to be heard - and their voice should be heard... they should make it clear, they will not stand for this abuse of power," he said.