The Hill is reporting that President Trump said Tuesday he will announce his selection to fill the Supreme Court vacancy “sometime next week.”
“I’ll be making my decision this week, we’ll be announcing next week,” he told reporters in the Oval Office. “We have outstanding candidates, and we will pick a truly great Supreme Court justice.”
Trump’s nomination to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat is expected to trigger a high-stakes battle in the Senate. Republicans last year refused to give former President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, a hearing or a vote.
“If the nominee is not bipartisan and mainstream, we absolutely will keep the seat open,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
His nominee will need 60 votes — including at least 8 Democrats — to be approved by the Senate.