Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced Saturday she opposes any Senate vote to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court before Election Day, saying the decision should be made by the president who wins the vote in November.
“In order for the American people to have faith in their elected officials, we must act fairly and consistently—no matter which political party is in power,” Collins said in the statement.
Collins acknowledged Trump has the constitutional authority to nominate someone to fill the vacancy, and said she would have no objection to the Senate Judiciary Committee to begin reviewing a candidate’s credentials.
However, Collins said she drew the line at having a Senate vote to confirm a Trump nominee prior to Election Day.
“In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the president or electing a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the president who is elected on November 3rd,” Collins said in a statement.
Still, Collins did not specify whether or not she would vote for a Trump nomination for the Supreme Court before Election Day if it came down to it.
Speculation about which way Collins would cast her ballot in a potential Senate floor vote to confirm a Trump pick for the Supreme Court began almost immediately after Ginsburg’s death was announced Friday. The New York Times reported Collins said earlier this month she would oppose a vote during the lame-duck session if a different party won the presidency, and said that there wouldn’t be enough time before the election to confirm a nominee.