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Trump argues full Supreme Court needed to settle potential election disputes

Trump argues full Supreme Court needed to settle potential election disputes
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President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE argued Tuesday that his forthcoming nominee to the Supreme Court should receive a vote before the November election so that the high court will have nine justices to resolve election-related disputes. 

“We need nine justices. You need that with the unsolicited millions of ballots that they’re sending. It’s a scam,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House. “It’s a hoax. Everybody knows that, and the Democrats know it better than anybody else. So you’re going to need nine justices up there. I think it’s going to be very important because what they’re doing is a hoax with the ballots.” 

“Doing it before the election would be a very good thing because you’re going to probably see it because what they’re trying to do is sow confusion and everything else,” Trump continued. 

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Trump has repeatedly made dubious claims about expanded mail-in voting inviting substantial fraud into the election. Experts say that there is not evidence of meaningful fraud in mail-in voting. Trump’s critics view it as an effort to cast doubt on the results of the election should he lose; Trump has also falsely claimed that the only way he will lose the election is if it is “rigged.”  

Other Republicans have advanced similar arguments in pushing for Trump’s nominee, whom he plans to announce Saturday, to receive a swift vote before Election Day. In a contentious interview on ABC News this weekend, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrump allies, Washington insiders helped plan rallies before Capitol breach: reports What Martin Luther King, at 39, taught me at 35 GOP senators wrestle with purging Trump from party MORE (R-Fla.) suggested that Democrats could challenge the election results if Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE does not win. 

“We need a full court on Election Day given the very high likelihood that we’re going to see litigation that goes to the court. We need a Supreme Court that can give a definitive answer for the country,” Cruz said. 

Vice President Pence likewise raised the prospect of the Supreme Court having to weigh in on election-related issues in an interview on Fox Business on Tuesday afternoon. 

“With all the talk about universal, unsolicited mail-in balloting, where we see states around the country extending the deadline, there is a possibility that election issues may come before the Supreme Court in the days following the election,” Pence told Fox host Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsHouse Republican urges GOP lawmakers to join effort to stop 'illegitimate' Biden win Lou Dobbs presses Stephen Miller to take up Cruz offer on Trump Lou Dobbs demands GOP help Trump fight for 'what is rightfully his' MORE

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Trump said Tuesday he would announce his nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg, George Floyd among options for 'Remember the Titans' school's new name Bipartisan anger builds over police failure at Capitol Lindsey Graham praises Merrick Garland as 'sound choice' to serve as attorney general MORE on Saturday. Republicans have not yet set out a clear timeline for the confirmation proceedings, but Trump has made clear that he wants a vote before the election, which is six weeks away. 

Most Republicans have lined up behind Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhat would MLK say about Trump and the Republican Party? Biden's minimum wage push faces uphill battle with GOP GOP senators wrestle with purging Trump from party MORE (R-Ky.) in moving forward with confirmation proceedings for Trump’s nominee, though at least two GOP senators oppose voting on the nomination before the election.

Democrats argue that the next president should nominate someone to fill the vacancy, pointing to Republicans’ decision not to hold a vote on then-President Obama’s nominee Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandBiden's new challenge: Holding Trump accountable Graham says he'll back Biden's CIA pick A Democratic agenda for impossibly hard times MORE in 2016.