House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not rule out the possibility of impeaching President Donald Trump if he tries to push through a Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a lame-duck session when asked if she was considering that option on Sunday.
Pelosi said Ginsburg’s death made it more critical than ever that Americans vote in the 2020 general election. ABC News “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos pointed out that even if Democratic nominee Joe Biden emerges victorious and the Democrats retake control of the Senate, Trump and Senate Republicans might still try to get a nominee confirmed.
Stephanopoulos said “some have mentioned the possibility” of moving to impeach Trump or Attorney General William Barr “as a way of stalling and preventing the Senate from acting on this nomination.”
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“Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” Pelosi said.
“Right now, our main goal – and I think Ruth Bader Ginsburg would want that to be –would be to protect the integrity of the election as we protect the American people from the coronavirus,” Pelosi said.
Ginsburg’s death less than two months before the election has fueled a fierce debate over the timing of her replacement. Democrats are demanding Republicans wait until at least the results of the Nov. 3 election. They say pushing through a nominee before then would be hypocritical after denying then-President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland a vote in 2016, citing the proximity of the election, which was nearly eight months away.
Republicans argue this situation is different because the same party controls the White House and the Senate. They also say it would be unwise to level a vacant seat heading into a hotly contested election in which the Supreme Court could be asked to resolve legal disputes.