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 GrahamMcConnell faces GOP pushback on debt deal Bottom line GOP senators introduce bill targeting Palestinian 'martyr payments' MORE (R-S.C.) will meet with Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettBiden Supreme Court study panel unanimously approves final report Trump came in contact with 500 people between first positive test and hospitalization: report Neil Gorsuch's terrifying paragraph MORE, President TrumpDonald TrumpJury in Jussie Smollett trial begins deliberations Pence says he'll 'evaluate' any requests from Jan. 6 panel Biden's drug overdose strategy pushes treatment for some, prison for others 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 GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg Women of Leadership Award given to Queen Elizabeth What's that you smell in the Supreme Court? The Memo: Trump's justices look set to restrict abortion 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 McConnellOn The Money — McConnell searches for debt deal votes GOP working to lock down votes on McConnell debt deal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Debt limit maneuvers; Biden warns Putin MORE (R-Ky.).