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Graham: Senate may confirm Trump judges into 2021

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRon Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief House Democratic leaders back Shalanda Young for OMB after Tanden withdrawal MORE (R-S.C.) on Friday opened the door to continuing to confirm President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE’s judicial nominees in 2021, right up until when the next president, likely Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot FireEye finds evidence Chinese hackers exploited Microsoft email app flaw since January Biden officials to travel to border amid influx of young migrants MORE, is sworn in on Jan. 20.

“I think we got some district court judges that were Republican and Democrat. But, yeah, the committee will keep operating. I’ll get back with you about more details about how far to go,” he told reporters on a call when asked about whether the Senate could possibly continue to confirm judges in December and January, even if Trump loses. “We’ll see what happens with the presidential race.”

Graham said his first legislative priority is to “try to get a coronavirus stimulus package before January.”

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“I’ve been in the camp of going big,” he said. “We need a big package, some Republicans don’t agree. We have to see how the presidential race shapes up.”

The GOP senator said Trump has a path to victory if he can make a comeback in Arizona, where Joe Biden currently has 50 percent of the vote with 93 percent of the estimated vote reported, while Trump has 48.6 percent.

“If Trump comes back in Arizona, and he actually takes Arizona, this is going to be one hell of a fight,” Graham said.

“If at the end of the day he falls short in Arizona, I think most people trust Arizona to have done it right. Republicans trust Gov. Ducey,” he said, referring to Arizona Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceyHillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Arizona governor orders school districts to offer in-person learning by March 15 Arizona House advances bill that would allow apps to bypass Apple, Google fees MORE (R). “The trend seems to be that Trump actually could win Arizona.” 

There are currently two U.S. appellate court vacancies and 55 U.S. district court vacancies. 

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRon Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Klain on Harris breaking tie: 'Every time she votes, we win' How to pass legislation in the Senate without eliminating the filibuster MORE (R-Ky.) said last week that he will try to confirm as many of Trump’s court picks as he can, even if he doesn’t win the election.

“We’re going to run through the tape. We go through the end of the year, and so does the president. We’re going to fill the 7th Circuit, and I’m hoping we have time to fill the 1st Circuit as well,” McConnell told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt.

“And we are, by the way, confirming a district judge as soon as we get back after the election, and we’re going to clean the plate, clean all the district judges off as well,” McConnell said.