Senate Republicans confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Everyone thought the fight to confirm Donald Trump’s conservative judges was over.
But one top Republican just dropped a bombshell about replacing Brett Kavanaugh.
Top Republican Discusses Confirming Kavanaugh’s Replacement
Prior to the Senate confirming him to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh sat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Pundits referred to this court as the second most powerful court in the land.
Legal scholars view it as a farm team for the Supreme Court.
Justices Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg all served on that court.
Trump promoting Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court created an opening.
And in an interview with conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said he believes they could confirm Kavanaugh’s replacement by the end of the year.
Grassley started his answer by stating that the nomination calendar was already full.
“Well, there’s more than 10. There’s 41 on the calendar right now, and I think there’s 10 in our committee. And I think hopefully, I get the 10 out of our committee,” Grassley began.
He then explained he thought the Senate should stay in session to finish confirming Trump’s judges.
Grassley continued, “But McConnell ought to keep the Senate in session until we get all 41 of those judges done. Or if you want to add 10 more to it, add 10 more to it.”
“If we received it right now, the answer is yes, but just before Christmas. So it kind of depends upon how long we’ll be in session,” he said.
“And by the way, I’m not denigrating your efforts to get 10 Circuit Court judges approved, because I’m in favor of them as well,” Grassley continued.
Grassley concluded, “And we’re pushing them. For instance, we have two Ohio Circuit Court judges on the calendar for today’s hearing, as another example.”
Republicans Not Finished Reshaping The Court
Donald Trump campaigned on putting conservative judges on the bench.
He lived up to his word.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell even said they would take up a Supreme Court nomination in 2020 if they hold onto the Senate this November.
Journalists and Democrats howled in outrage.
They claimed McConnell was breaking the rule he set in 2016.
After Justice Scalia passed away in February 2016, McConnell said the American people should decide in November who would appoint Scalia’s successor.
He blocked all hearings on Merrick Garland.
The Senate confirmed him in the spring of 2017.
Liberals expected McConnell would play by that rule.
But McConnell said if Republicans control the White House and Senate, then they have every right to confirm a nominee during an election year.
“The Senate in the hands of one party and the White House in the hands of another in a presidential election year,” McConnell told reporters. “That is what we had in 2016.”
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.