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Fox's Napolitano: Supreme Court confirmation hearings will be 'World War III of political battles'

Fox's Napolitano: Supreme Court confirmation hearings will be 'World War III of political battles'
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Fox News legal analyst Andrew NapolitanoAndrew Peter NapolitanoFox's Napolitano says grand jury erred in Taylor case: 'I would have indicted all three of them' Fox's Napolitano: Supreme Court confirmation hearings will be 'World War III of political battles' Fox's Napolitano: 2000 election will look like 'child's play' compared to 2020 legal battles MORE said the Senate confirmation hearings for President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE's eventual Supreme Court pick will be a bloody political fight amid an already tight presidential race.

“This will be a World War III of political battles,” Napolitano told Fox News Radio host Jimmy Failla on Monday. "And it will be right in the middle of a presidential election."

His comments came three days after the death of 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. Trump told "Fox & Friends" on Monday that he will announce his Supreme Court pick on Friday or Saturday, with the president indicating he has a shortlist of five female contenders.

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Napolitano said the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings will prove particularly combative given the presence of Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamImpeachment trial tests Trump's grip on Senate GOP An attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history MORE (R-S.C.), who is facing a tightening reelection bid, and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris to be sworn in by Justice Sotomayor using Thurgood Marshall's Bible In calling out Trump, Nikki Haley warns of a more sinister threat On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE (D-Calif.), the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

"We are in for some exciting, depressing, however you want to look at it, times,” Napolitano said.

Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsImpeachment trial tests Trump's grip on Senate GOP 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time MORE (R-Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiImpeachment trial tests Trump's grip on Senate GOP 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history MORE (R-Alaska) have already said the Senate should not take up a Supreme Court nomination before the election, narrowing the margin of error for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBoebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report Urgency mounts for new voting rights bill Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster MORE (R-Ky.).

“Mitch McConnell better count noses before he does anything. He’s already lost two Republicans," Napolitano said.

Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate.

McConnell declined to respond to questions from reporters on Monday about whether he would push for a confirmation vote before Election Day, but he said on the Senate floor that the confirmation process for several previous nominees moved swiftly enough to allow for a vote in less than 43 days — the amount of time between now and Nov. 3.