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The Supreme Court Confirmation Process, Explained In 5 Steps

The Supreme Court Confirmation Process, Explained In 5 Steps

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he and Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, less than a week after a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden in which he nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. In the 36 hours since, multiple people from the Rose Garden event have also tested positive for the coronavirus, including Hope Hicks, the University of Notre Dame’s president, and Sens. Mike Lee and Thom Tillis, both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Still, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to move forward with a quick confirmation process for Coney Barrett.

Republicans are eager to get another conservative justice on the bench. Democrats, in turn, have called hypocrisy, referencing the events of 2016 when McConnell refused to consider President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, in a presidential election year. McConnell now says that there’s enough time before Nov. 3 to confirm a justice two times over. On average, the whole thing usually takes about 70 days from nomination to confirmation.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the steps to confirm a Supreme Court judge, bearing in mind that timelines could change given the COVID-19 diagnoses.

The Senate Judiciary Committee begins an investigation

The president’s nomination first goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where members typically spend about a month

How Amy Coney Barrett’s SCOTUS Confirmation Could Play Out

On Friday morning, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he and Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, less than a week after a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden in which he nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.



The Supreme Court Confirmation Process, Explained In 5 Steps

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