Sent: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 3:43 PM
Subject: In-Town Pool Report #7C: Quotes on Confirming Nominee Before Election
Trump said he prefers a Supreme Court with nine justices before the election. He said that Republicans have plenty of time to get a nominee confirmed. He said that he has “five women in the finalists.” He said will announce his pick on Saturday.
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“I think this will end up in the Supreme Court. And I think it's very important that we have nine justices, and I think the system is going to go very quickly. I'll be submitting at five o'clock on Saturday the name of the person that I chose for the most important of all positions,” he said of the election.
“And I think we should go very quickly. You see the republicans are very united. As far as timing is concerned, we were elected--we have a lot of time. One justice was picked in 19 days--19 days! We could do four at that rate or five. And we have a lot of time--before the election and then you have after the election too,” he said about the timing of the process.
“But in terms of time we can go to January 20th, but I think it's better if you go before the election because I think...this scam that the democrats are pulling-- it's a scam--the scam will be before the United States Supreme Court. And I think having a four-four situation is not a good situation, if you get that--I don't know that you get that I think it should be eight-nothing or nine-nothing. Just in case it would be more political than it should be, I think it's very important to have a nine justice,” he added.
“I can only say we are giving a person, whoever it would, I could say any of the five frankly, five women in the finalists and they are all world class and brilliant in every respect,” he said of the candidates being considered for nomination.
White House Reporter