“We will,” said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranking Republican leader, when asked if the Senate would fill a vacancy, even during the lame-duck session after the presidential election. “That would be part of this year. We would move on it.”…
“I’d like to fill a vacancy. But we’d have to see. I don’t know how practical that would be,” Graham told CNN Monday. “Let’s see what the market would bear.”
Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican who’s a member of the Judiciary Committee, said that if a vacancy were to occur, he would like to get a nominee confirmed before the court’s term begins in October.
Hawley said he would be “shocked” if Trump didn’t try to fill a vacancy despite GOP arguments in 2016 that voters should decide which president selects a nominee during an election year.