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Romney says he'll vote to put Barrett on Supreme Court

Romney says he'll vote to put Barrett on Supreme Court
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Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Additional airlines ban guns on flights to DC ahead of inauguration Ben Shapiro stirs controversy by guest writing Politico newsletter MORE (R-Utah), one of President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen forward for impeachment book Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol MORE’s most outspoken critics, says he will vote for Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettCapitol Police Board — the structural flaw in leadership 2020: A year in photos Planned Parenthood president says abortion work shouldn't be marginalized MORE to be confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Romney, who was the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump on an article of impeachment in February, praised Barrett on Thursday, calling her “impressive” and “exceptionally well qualified.”

“After meeting with Judge Barrett and carefully reviewing her record and her testimony, I intend to vote in favor of her confirmation to the Supreme Court,” he said in a statement. “I am confident that she will faithfully apply the law and our Constitution, impartially and regardless of policy preferences.”

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Romney’s announcement is further evidence that Barrett will have more than 50 Republican votes on the floor after her nomination is advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 22.

So far, only Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time McConnell says he's undecided on whether to vote to convict Trump 'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack MORE (R-Maine), who is up for reelection in a state that voted for former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCan Biden encompass the opposition he embodied? Disney silent on Trump status in Hall of Presidents at Magic Kingdom Biden has an opportunity to win over conservative Christians MORE in 2016, has said she will oppose Barrett’s nomination.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMurkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Murkowski blasts Trump's election claims, calls House impeachment appropriate MORE (R-Alaska), who said the confirmation process should have waited until 2021, when the results of the presidential election and future control of the Senate would be known, has not ruled out voting for Barrett.

The Senate is expected to hold a final confirmation vote for Barrett the week of Oct. 26.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump seeks to freeze .4 billion of programs in final week of presidency McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Murkowski blasts Trump's election claims, calls House impeachment appropriate MORE (R-Ky.) told reporters in Kentucky on Thursday morning: “We have the votes.”

Senate Republicans control 53 seats and can afford three defections since Vice President Pence would break a 50-50 tie. All 47 senators in the Senate Democratic caucus are expected to vote against Barrett.