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Sen. John Thune among top Republicans who vow to fill potential Supreme Court vacancy

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) talks about the trade agreements of the week. (Source: Gray DC)
Sen. John Thune (R-SD) talks about the trade agreements of the week. (Source: Gray DC)(GRAYDC)
Published: Jul. 21, 2020 at 8:17 AM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Several Senate Republican leaders said they will confirm a nominee by President Donald Trump even if that vacancy occurred after this year’s election.

This move could face criticism since the GOP would be treating a nominee under Trump differently than they did under former President Barack Obama. Leaders blocked President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee in 2016.

According to CNN, Democrats are increasingly worried about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health since she just made a new bout with cancer public, along with the possibility of other retirements.

Sen. John Thune said Senate Republicans would fill a vacancy.

“That would be part of this year. We would move on it,” he said.

Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, said he would not fill a vacancy for the same reason he didn’t in 2016 with Obama’s nominee.

Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa, Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky have all said they would confirm Trump’s nominee if it came down to it.

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