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Rush Limbaugh encourages Senate to skip hearings for Trump's SCOTUS nominee

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh urged Senate Republicans to skip the confirmation hearing process for President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE's soon-to-be announced Supreme Court nominee and head straight to a floor vote. 

"I want the Judiciary Committee — that could be great if it were skipped," Limbaugh said Monday on his daily radio program. "We don't need to open that up for whatever length of time, so that whoever this nominee is can be Kavanaugh'd, or Borked, or Thomas'd. Because that's what it's going to be, especially when it's not even required."

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Limbaugh was referring to Supreme Court Justices Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughLIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing Harris to resign from Senate seat on Monday Why we need Section 230 more than ever MORE and Clarence ThomasClarence ThomasLIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden signs executive orders; press secretary holds first briefing Trump eyes lawyer who spoke at rally to help in impeachment trial: report Biden's identity politics do a disservice to his nominees MORE, who were confirmed in controversial hearings, and fellow conservative Robert Bork, who was not confirmed to the court.

President Trump is poised to nominate a new justice to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgNYC street and subway signs transformed to welcome Biden, bid farewell to Trump Schumer and McConnell trade places, but icy relationship holds Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader MORE, who died Friday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump selects South Carolina lawyer for impeachment trial McConnell proposes postponing impeachment trial until February For Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief MORE (R-Ky.) said the Senate would move quickly to consider a Trump nominee.

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Democrats argue the decision on a Ginsburg replacement should wait until after the election, noting that Republicans made that argument when they refused to vote on President Obama's pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016.

Two GOP senators, Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Limbaugh falsely says Biden didn't win legitimately while reacting to inauguration Bipartisan Senate gang to talk with Biden aide on coronavirus relief MORE of Maine and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Bipartisan Senate gang to talk with Biden aide on coronavirus relief The Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' MORE of Alaska, have said the vote should not take place until after the election. Four GOP senators would need to oppose an earlier vote or McConnell would have the support to go forward.