On Monday, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., doubled down on his support for President Donald Trump nominating Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The junior senator from Florida applauded the Comey nomination in a conference call with reporters from the Sunshine State. Scott said he spoke with Trump about the possibility of naming 11th Circuit Court Judge Barbara Lagoa, who is from South Florida to the highest court in the land but added that he is happy with Barrett.
Scott said he “wants to make sure that the next Supreme Court judge would not be an activist, and Amy Coney Barrett has given no indication she would be.” He called her service on the bench to date “distinguished” and pointed out that she has been through the confirmation process already in the Senate, being approved just three years ago for the federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Scott said believes that confirmation could dramatically push forward the process and he fully expects a vote on her nomination before the election. Scott insisted that the confirmation process back in 2017 should also mean that Barrett is already fully vetted.
Turning to Democrats, Scott called them “hypocritical” about the process. He claimed that U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, is making the exact opposite arguments against Barrett that he made for 2016 nominee Merrick Garland, who never got his hearing in front of the Senate. Scott also hit then-Vice President Joe Biden, now the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, accusing him of doing the exact same thing as Schumer and the Senate Democrats. Scott insisted the Senate has a duty to hold a vote on the nomination because Republicans are in control of both the Senate and the White House, reminding reporters that “elections have consequences”.
The hearings are expected to start potentially as early as next week. A final vote is expected to be held in the last week of October, giving the administration just enough time to have her sworn in before the election on November 3. Scott said he wants a full Supreme Court by the time election results are returned in case it has to untangle the election.
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