The announcements this weekend by Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska that they would oppose any nomination to the Supreme Court until after the November election caused consternation among many Republicans that President Donald Trump would not get his choice to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
But on Monday, the odds increased dramatically that the 47 Senate Democrats would not get any more Republican votes than those of Collins and Murkowski and that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would have at least the 50 votes he needs to proceed with the confirmation process.
These latest developments come as speculation is at an all-time high that Trump will soon name U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his choice.
White House sources who requested anonymity told Newsmax the president will also meet U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Barbara Lagoa, who is also widely mentioned for the appointment, and tell her personally he was turning to Barrett.
Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa — both of whom had refused to state their position on a high court nominee barely 40 days before the election — made clear that they will support hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee and a nomination made before Nov. 3.
In addition, Senate GOP sources assured Newsmax that Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania “will be just fine” in their positions on the Senate taking up the nomination by Trump expected by next Saturday.
Both lawmakers have so far refused to put out statements on their position on Trump’s expected nomination.
The last Republican “holdout” from committing to support a nominee before Nov. 3 is Utah Sen. Mitt Romney.
“Mitt will come along when he realizes this is the end of the road for him if he doesn’t,” one prominent Beehive State conservative told Newsmax.
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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