Trump To Announce His Supreme Court Nominee Tuesday Night In Prime Time

Republicans steadfastly refused to consider President Obama's pick to replace him, Judge Merrick Garland, and are now set to reap the benefits of their stonewalling with control of the White House and Senate.

President Donald Trump will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court on Tuesday night. "I'm hopeful that maybe President Trump will nominate someone that will get bipartisan support - but, yes, we'll fight it tooth-and-nail as long as we have to".

If there's an attempted filibuster, Republicans would first try to woo eight Democrats to vote with them to overcome it.

Representatives for the White House has no immediate response to a request for comment.

The president had previously said he would announce his choice on Thursday, but speculation was rampant that he would act sooner to divert attention from raging controversy over a U.S.travel ban on people from seven majority-Muslim countries. There are 52 Senate Republicans, and Democrats could use a filibuster.

Vice President Mike Pence told Republican lawmakers last week that all the names on this shortlist represent Trump's promise to nominate a "strict constructionist", a judge that interprets the US Constitution using a literal and narrow definition of language in the document, and which doesn't account for changes in American society since it was written in the 18th century. He also penned an amicus brief to the Supreme Court urging the bench to uphold the decision in Lawrence v. Texas outlawing gay sodomy. They are sure to challenge any nominee especially on his or her view of abortion rights.

As usual, Schumer and Senate Democrats appear more interested in waging political warfare than completing the work their constituents hired them to do in Washington D.C. Should they make good on their promise, Trump's nominee would be only the second Supreme Court in United States history to be on the receiving end of a filibuster attack to derail their nomination. That means Trump's nominee will need 60 votes to be confirmed by the Senate.

Merkley also claimed that the majority of his Democratic colleagues would also vote against Trump's pick, whoever it may be.

Schumer said on NBC's Today that he is planning to ask for a delay on Tillerson's confirmation vote in light of Trump's executive orders. There are now 52 Republicans in the Senate, so eight Democrats would need to join Republicans to vote for cloture in order to clear the Senate floor.

The Supreme Court has had eight justices since the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia almost a year ago.

The two frontrunners for the appointment, Judge Neil Gorsuch and Judge Thomas Hardiman, did not attract a single dissenting vote when they were confirmed to their respective circuit courts during the Bush administration. The higher the number, the more conservative the judge. In fact, in a study called Searching for Justice Scalia: Measuring the "Scalia-ness" of the Next Potential Member of the U.S. Supreme Court, Gorsuch earned high marks in several categories important to the late Justice Scalia, including "originalism" and "textualism".