The battle lines are being drawn around the timing of a Senate vote to confirm a nominee for the Supreme Court to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away from cancer last Friday. The iconic jurist will lie in repose at the Supreme Court tomorrow and Thursday. On Friday, Justice Ginsburg will lie in state at the Capitol. She will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery next Tuesday, the day after Yom Kippur.
And on Saturday, President Trump will announce his nomination for her replacement on the court. It does appear now that there is enough support among Republicans to move that nomination forward.
Tomorrow on Midday, I’ll speak with Andrew Grossman, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. He’ll argue that the Senate should move ahead with the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee to the High Court and not wait until after the November 3rd general election. Today, we hear from a legal scholar who argues that the Senate should wait until after the election, which is just 42 days away.
Ronald Weich is the Dean of the School of Law at the University of Baltimore. He’s held that post since 2012. Before that, he served as an assistant attorney general in the Justice Department during the Obama Administration. Dean Weich joins Tom on Zoom to discuss his view, which he articulated in a weekend OpEd piece in the Baltimore Sun, that the Ginsburg vacancy on the Court should be the next president's to fill.