Republican senator says plans to confirm justice before election 'completely consistent with the precedent'

Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoHillicon Valley: Senate panel votes to subpoena Big Tech executives | Amazon says over 19,000 workers tested positive for COVID-19 | Democrats demand DHS release report warning of election interference GOP senators call on Trump to oppose nationalizing 5G Energy innovation bill can deliver jobs and climate progress MORE (R-Wyo.) said Sunday that Senate Republicans' plans to move toward confirming a new Supreme Court justice weeks before the 2020 election are “completely consistent with precedent.”

The senator argued on NBC's "Meet the Press" that “if the shoe were on the other foot” and Democrats had the White House and Senate, they would make the same move.

"What we're proposing is completely consistent, completely consistent with the precedent,” he said. 

Host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddHHS secretary: Avoiding large gatherings 'a difficult message for all Western democracies' Trump bashes NBC ahead of town hall, adds it's 'a free hour on television' Chuck Todd indirectly refers to former colleague Olbermann as 'somebody from the very far left' of the media world MORE questioned Barrasso about his statements in 2016 rejecting a confirmation vote for then-President Obama’s nominee, Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandRepublicans advance Barrett's Supreme Court nomination after Democrats boycott committee vote Democrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett MORE, nine months ahead of the election. The Republican responded that this time is different, because the Republicans have control of the White House and Senate, unlike in 2016.

“But now when you have both parties in the White House and the Senate, historically the confirmation goes forward, and that’s what’s gonna happen here,” he said.

Todd continued to press Barrasso on his remarks from four years ago, when the senator called to “give the people a voice” in choosing the next Supreme Court justice. 

“Why is it that this principle only matters when a Democrat is in the White House?” Todd asked.

“It’s not that at all Chuck,” Barrasso replied. “If we did something different now we would be breaking with the precedent that has long been established that if the president and the Senate are of the same party, you move along with confirmation.”

“This is the consistent principle and policies that have been followed through the history of the United States when 29 vacancies occurred in years of presidential elections,” he added. “We’re gonna be consistent with all that.”

The Wyoming senator also warned that Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerFive takeaways on Iran, Russia election interference Pelosi calls Iran 'bad actor' but not equivalent to Russia on election interference Schumer says briefing on Iranian election interference didn't convince him effort was meant to hurt Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) has said “nothing is off the table” if Republicans confirm a new justice. 

The Supreme Court announced late Friday that Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage Clean energy opportunities in a time of crisis Trump when asked if he'd be kinder in his second term: 'Yes, I think so' MORE died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: 'I would transition from the oil industry' MORE has said he expects to nominate a woman to fill the Supreme Court vacancy this week, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell says 'no concerns' after questions about health Overnight Health Care: Trump says he hopes Supreme Court strikes down ObamaCare | FDA approves remdesivir as COVID-19 treatment | Dems threaten to subpoena HHS over allegations of political interference at CDC The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden face off for last time on the debate stage MORE (R-Ky.), who blocked Garland’s confirmation in 2016, said he will bring a confirmation vote for Trump’s nominee to the floor.