Trump Says He'll Announce Supreme Court Pick Friday Or Saturday

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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A bitter partisan battle is taking shape over the replacement of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87.

Democrats are calling on Senate Republicans to delay the vote until after the election just as Republicans had done four years ago following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

But President Donald Trump on Monday told "Fox & Friends" that he has no plans to delay things and could name his nominee this week.

"I think it'll be on Friday or Saturday and we want to pay respect. It looks like we will have, probably, services on Thursday or Friday, as I understand it, and I think out of respect we should wait until the services are over for Justice Ginsburg and so we're looking probably at Friday or maybe Saturday," Trump said.

So far two Senate Republicans, Lisa Murkoswki and Susan Collins, oppose taking up a Supreme Court nomination so close to the Nov. 3 election, which is just 42 days away.

On Friday, about an hour and a half after the Supreme Court announced Ginsburg's death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., vowed Trump's pick will receive a vote on the Senate floor, but has not set a timetable.

The president has promised to put forth a female nominee to fill the seat and said Monday that he's narrowed the list of potential nominees down to four or five names.

Judges Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa are among the front runners.

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