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Graham to meet with Trump's Supreme Court pick on Tuesday

Graham to meet with Trump's Supreme Court pick on Tuesday
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms Mallory to lead White House environment council | US emissions dropped 1.7 percent in 2019 | Interior further delays Trump rule that would make drillers pay less to feds The Memo: Biden puts 9/11 era in rear view Senate confirms Biden's pick to lead White House environmental council MORE (R-S.C.) will meet with Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettBiden's court-packing theater could tame the Supreme Court's conservatives McConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS Progressives give Biden's court reform panel mixed reviews MORE, President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump mocks Murkowski, Cheney election chances Race debate grips Congress US reentry to Paris agreement adds momentum to cities' sustainability efforts MORE's Supreme Court nominee, on Tuesday.

The face-to-face meeting will be one of Barrett's first as she begins making the rounds on Capitol Hill ahead of her confirmation hearing later next month.

Trump nominated Barrett, who currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgDemocrats to offer bill to expand Supreme Court Progressives give Biden's court reform panel mixed reviews Biden will let Breyer decide when to retire, aide says MORE, setting up a weeks-long confirmation fight that is expected to come to a head days before the Nov. 3 elections.

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Graham, who is facing an increasingly tough reelection bid, has praised Barrett and pledged to move quickly on her nomination. The two spoke on Saturday after Trump announced his intention to nominate her during a White House event.

"She called me. She called Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein. It was a very pleasant conversation. I congratulated her on such an achievement in her life. She's worked hard. She's deserving of this honor. Everybody who knows her understands she's just a complete superstar when it comes to the law," Graham told Fox News during an interview on Saturday night.

Graham will start the confirmation hearing for Barrett on Oct. 12 and has said the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Oct. 22. That would pave the way for a final confirmation vote on the Senate floor during the week of Oct. 26. The timeline would set a record for the closest to a presidential election that a Supreme Court nominee has been confirmed. Though other picks will have been confirmed faster, their confirmations were further away from the election.

Republicans hold a 12-10 majority on the committee, meaning GOP senators can send her nomination to the floor without any Democratic support as long as they remain united. Graham said during a Fox News interview earlier this month that he expected every Republican senator on the panel to support her confirmation.

"We're going to have a process that you will be proud of. The nominee is going to be supported by every Republican in the Judiciary Committee. And we've got the votes to confirm the ... justice on the floor of the Senate before the election, and that's what is coming," Graham said at the time.

In addition to Graham, Barrett is expected to meet this week with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Memo: Biden puts 9/11 era in rear view Anti-Asian hate crimes bill overcomes first Senate hurdle Greitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP MORE (R-Ky.).