Manchin 'not going to filibuster’ Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Manchin 'not going to filibuster’ Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Health Care: Trump officials explore importing prescription drugs | Key ObamaCare, drug pricing regs under review | GOP looks to blunt attacks on rising premiums | Merck to lower some drug prices Dems pressure GOP to take legal action supporting pre-existing conditions Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE (W.Va.) says he isn't planning to join calls from fellow Democrats to filibuster President Trump’s forthcoming Supreme Court nominee. 

“I’m not going to filibuster anybody,” Manchin told the conservative Weekly Standard on Tuesday.

Senate Democrats are expected to put up a fight over Trump's pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Antonin Scalia's death last year.

Republicans need 60 votes to prevent a filibuster, but the GOP only holds 52 seats, meaning they’ll need at least eight Democrats to override a filibuster.

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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDemocrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans Judge Kavanaugh confounds the left This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation MORE (D-N.Y.) said earlier this month that Democrats would fight “tooth and nail” if Trump’s Supreme Court pick isn’t "bipartisan and mainstream."

Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyControversial Trump judicial nominee withdraws Anti-Trump protesters hold candlelight vigil by White House Senate Democrats block resolution supporting ICE MORE (D-Ore.) also circulated a petition Monday urging colleagues to block any Trump nominee given Senate Republicans' refusal to give a hearing or vote to Merrick Garland, former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaEx-White House stenographer: Trump is ‘lying to the American people’ Trump has the right foreign policy strategy — he just needs to stop talking The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump faces bipartisan criticism over Putin presser, blames media for coverage MORE's pick to fill the vacancy last year.

“This is a stolen seat. This is the first time a Senate majority has stolen a seat,” Merkley told Politico. “We will use every lever in our power to stop this. ... I will definitely object to a simple majority.”

The Senate GOP's refusal has left the country’s highest court with only eight justices for nearly a year.

But Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenators push to clear backlog in testing rape kits Russia raises problems for GOP candidates Deal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate MORE (R-Texas) told Politico on Tuesday that Republicans could move to amend Senate rules, changing the 60-vote threshold that the GOP would need to meet to block a filibuster.

"The Democrats are not going to succeed in filibustering the Supreme Court nominee," Cruz said. "All procedural options are on the table. The bottom line is we will confirm a strong conservative to replace Justice Scalia."

Trump is expected to announce his Supreme Court nominee Tuesday night.