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Given a chance, Trump would push court pick before election

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Posted at 1:12 AM, Jul 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-19 01:12:14-04

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have tried to make it clear: Given the chance, they would push through a Supreme Court nominee should a vacancy occur before Election Day.

The issue has taken on new immediacy with the disclosure that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is receiving chemotherapy for a recurrence of cancer after four earlier bouts with the disease.

A nomination less than four months before the Nov. 3 election would fly in the face of McConnell's refusal in 2016 to consider a Supreme Court nominee by President Barack Obama nine months before that year's presidential vote.