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Trump: Senate should vote on Supreme Court nominee before Election Day

Trump: Senate should vote on Supreme Court nominee before Election Day
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President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE on Monday said the Senate should vote to confirm his forthcoming Supreme Court nominee before Election Day, sending his clearest signal yet on the timing of a possible vote.

"I think the vote, the final vote, should be taken, frankly, before the election. We have plenty of time for that," Trump said in an appearance on "Fox & Friends."

"Yeah, I think it should go very quickly. We have a lot of time," he continued. "Especially if the people we’re talking about, most of them are young and they’ve gone through the process pretty recently."

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The president had previously said a vote before the election "would be very good" but that no final decision had been made. His comments on Monday will put pressure on Senate Republicans to move to confirm a nominee before Nov. 3 to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgOcasio-Cortez says Breyer should retire from Supreme Court Progressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema Juan Williams: Time for Justice Breyer to go MORE.

"Whether it’s before or after — I mean, after we have a lot of time. But I think we should do it before," Trump said.

The president added that he believes it would benefit the Republican Party to vote on the nominee sooner and that it would be good for the country to "get it over with."

Pressed on whether an expedited vote could hurt Republicans running for reelection, Trump said he felt it would help Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerBiden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program Gardner to lead new GOP super PAC ahead of midterms OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court rules against fast-track of Trump EPA's 'secret science' rule | Bureau of Land Management exodus: Agency lost 87 percent of staff in Trump HQ relocation | GM commits to electric light duty fleet by 2035 MORE (R-Colo), one of the most vulnerable GOP senators up for reelection.

But he sharply criticized Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Biden struggles to detail post-withdrawal Afghanistan plans White House reiterates opposition to raising gas tax amid infrastructure debate MORE (R), who is facing her own difficult reelection campaign in Maine, and also argued Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal Trump endorses Murkowski challenger MORE (R-Alaska) will have a hard time getting reelected in 2022. He has previously pledged to campaign against her, though she previously won reelection on the strength of a write-in campaign.

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Both Collins and Murkowski have said they do not support holding a vote on a nominee before Election Day, citing the standard Republicans set in 2016 when the refused to give a hearing to President Obama's nominee, Merrick GarlandMerrick GarlandHouse Judiciary asks DOJ to disclose remaining gag orders The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Biden frustrates death penalty opponents with Supreme Court request MORE, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Republicans can afford three senators to oppose a vote before Election Day and still confirm Trump's eventual nominee, assuming all Democrats in the upper chamber are against a vote.

Earlier in the same interview, Trump said he will announce his nominee on Friday or Saturday.

Federal appellate judges Amy Coney Barrett, Barbara Lagoa and Allison Rushing are considered the favorites.